An arch can be either pixel based or standard string based. A pixel arch has individually addressable pixels across the entire arch and a standard arch has a numer of segments that span the arch.
Adding a Standard Arch
An arch is configured differently than all the other items in the display preview. To define a standard arch, you will be setting the string type to “Pixel”. Doesn’t make much sense, but stick with me and I’ll explain.
You can assign the same element to multiple lights on a string. That’s what we’re going to do in the case of an arch with multiple segments. We’re going to assign the same element to groups of pixels so that a group of lights turn on when a single element is lit.
- Do NOT click on the elements or groups you want to add.
- Click on the Arch smart object.
- Draw the arch on the screen.
- Change the string type to “Pixel” <– Yes, you read that right, PIXEL
- Change the Light Count to a multiple of the number of segments you have. So, if you have 9 segments, I’d suggest 36 (9×4) lights.
- Click on the … next to Linked Elements
- Assign your first arch element to the first item multiple (in our example, the first 4 pixels).
- Assign each successive multiple (in our example above, 4 pixels) to the same element.
- That’s it, your done.
Adding a Pixel Arch
This is much easier than adding a standard arch. Just click on your arch group in the element tree, click the arch icon in the toolbar and draw your arch. Your done. Your arch is drawn and is linked to your elements.
See Position in Common Settings
See Light Count in Common Settings
See Light Size in Common Settings
See Linking Elements
The string type of an arch will probably be Pixel for nearly everyone. Please see the Adding a Standard Arch above for more information on properly setting the string type.