Light Plot Deconstructed, Fourth Edition Now Available from Gregg Hillmar

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Updated Vectorworks tutorial provides easy-to-follow tips for lighting designers

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The new edition of Light Plot Deconstructed highlights some of the new features in Vectorworks 2012 that improve the lighting designer's process of drafting the light plot.

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. has released an updated training guide for users of Vectorworks® software: Light Plot Deconstructed for Vectorworks Spotlight, Fourth Edition. The book was written by Gregg Hillmar, a veteran scenic and lighting designer whose work has been seen at hundreds of theatre, dance and opera productions, as well as galleries, exhibits, convention booths and stages across the country.

The guide reflects Hillmar’s drafting style and functions as a companion handbook to the software to help readers draft lighting plots more easily. In an easy-to-follow, insightful manner, Hillmar takes readers on a journey through the methods and techniques he uses to develop engaging plots. From discussions on choosing palettes, workspaces, grids and layers, to uncovering the basics of how to import files, save views and place instrumentation, the guide is an essential resource to designers looking to take advantages of everything the Vectorworks Spotlight program has to offer.

“The new edition of Light Plot Deconstructed highlights some of the new features in Vectorworks 2012 that improve the lighting designer's process of drafting the light plot,” says Hillmar. “In addition, reader requests drove the expansion of several topics, including a new section on using viewports to create ‘cardboards’ and other specialized views useful to the theatrical electricians in realizing the plot in the theatre.”

Light Plot Deconstructed is written for professional designers, as well as designers in education (students, instructors, schools). It is intended for use with Vectorworks 2012 software and is most applicable for Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer users. The book is a part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options, designed for people who like to learn on their own and at their own pace. For more information and to purchase Vectorworks tutorials, please visit

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About Gregg Hilmar
Gregg Hilmar is a scenic and lighting designer based in Richmond, VA. He has written about Vectorworks in many industry publications and has provided training for professional theatres, dance companies, businesses, educational institutions and individuals. Hilmar has done training seminars at USITT, LDI, SETC, and other industry organizations and conventions. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre Design and Technology at Randolph­Macon College in Ashland, VA. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, the union for professional theatrical designers and artists, and can be visited on the web at

About Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG and has been developing software since 1985. The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries. With a tradition of designing flexible, versatile, intuitive and affordable CAD and BIM solutions, Nemetschek Vectorworks continues to be a global leader in 3D design technologies. For more information, visit

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