Digital Scenography Bringing the theatre into the information age
Computer tools in scenic design have certainly become widespread.
Computer-aided design (CAD) tools and skills are rapidly becoming
standard rather than exceptional. For years, stage designers sending
their designs to scenic studios have employed technical-drawing
applications created for architects. More recently, preliminary sketches,
designs for painted drops and detailed drawings of props are being created
using painting or photo manipulation programs such as Painter or
Photoshop. More and more we are seeing designers use 3D modeling
software to create scenic models that had previously been made with
cardboard and balsa wood. These 3D applications are then used to render
photo-realistic scenic sketches with incredible detail and accuracy.