Jolly Lights™ FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

(Click on a question to reveal the answer.)

• How do I record, save, and share a Jolly Lights video?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Video to enter Video Mode.

2. Tap Record Video to prepare to record your animated light show in a 10-second video.

3. Choose the Sparkle or Chase animation timers for your lights.

4. Tap Record Now to record your video (this takes 10 seconds).

5(a). Tap Save to save your video to the camera roll for access via the Photos app.

5(b). Or, tap the Share icon to share your video via Mail, Facebook, YouTube, and more.

6. If you don't see the Save or Share options after your video stops recording, try recording a second time. An Apple iOS bug sometimes prevents the Save/Share buttons from appearing after a video has been recorded.

• How do I record, save, and share a Jolly Lights animated GIF?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Video to enter Video Mode.

2. Tap Record GIF/Photo to prepare to record your animated GIF.

3. Choose Animated GIF for a multi-frame GIF animation.

4. Tap Record Now to capture the GIF.

5(a). Tap Save Image to save your GIF to the camera roll for access via the Photos app.

5(b). Or, tap one of the other icons to share your GIF via Mail, Facebook, and more.

• How do I create a new Jolly Lights scene? (short answer)

1. Save the photo you'd like to use as your scene background to a Photos album or camera roll on your iPad. For example, you might sync the photo to your iPad via iTunes, access the photo via your iCloud account, or snap the photo directly with your iPad's camera. Regardless of the method, you need to be able to view your desired photo via the Photos app on your iPad.

2. Launch Jolly Lights and perform the following steps.

3. In the Main Menu of Jolly Lights, tap the New Scene / Saved Scenes menu item.

4. Tap the '+' button in the upper-right corner of the screen to add a new scene.

5. Pick your desired background photo via the Photo picker.

• How do I create a new Jolly Lights scene? (long answer)

1. Perform the steps described above in the short answer to pick your desired background photo.

2. Tap the Rotate buttons if you need to change the orientation of your photo.

3. Enable the Expand photo with border switch if your photo needs extra space along the edges to fit a picture frame.

4. Tap Done to create your scene's backdrop.

5. Tap on your desired picture frame. If you don't want a frame, tap the first image in the frame picker, which contains a red rectangle with a red diagonal line to indicate "no frame".

6. Crop the photo to your area of interest by dragging the corner markers and/or center marker. The picture frame will automatically adjust to fit your cropping rectangle.

7. Adjust the Photo Sunlight and Photo Highlights sliders if your original photo is too bright or too dark.

8. You can always return to Photo mode if you need to adjust the cropping, change the picture frame, or fine-tune the photo's brightness.

• How do I create a new Jolly Lights scene with a dark gray backdrop (and no photo)?

1. In the Main Menu of Jolly Lights, tap the New Scene / Saved Scenes menu item.

2. Tap the '+' button in the upper-right corner of the screen to add a new scene.

3. Tap Cancel in the Photo picker. This will create a scene with a dark gray backdrop without a photo.

4. Tap on your desired picture frame. If you don't want a frame, tap the first image in the frame picker, which contains a red rectangle with a red diagonal line to indicate "no frame".

5. Adjust the Photo Sunlight slider to darken or lighten the backdrop.

6. You can always return to Photo mode if you need to change the picture frame or fine-tune the brightness of the backdrop.

• How do I add strands of lights to my new scene?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Add Strand to start a new strand.

3. Tap on the photo where you'd like to start the strand.

4. Tap at a new location to extend the new strand.

5. Continue tapping at new locations until your strand is complete.

6. Tap Add Strand again whenever you want to begin another strand.

• How do I change the size, color, and spacing of light bulbs in a strand?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Move Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Perform one or more of the following actions:

- Tap the Bulbs property to change the size of the bulbs. LED is the smallest. Huge is the largest.

- Tap the Colors property to change the color(s) of the bulbs.

- Drag the Spacing slider to change the distance between bulbs.

- Drag the Scatter slider to move the bulbs closer or farther from the strand's wire.

- Drag the Icicle slider to create shorter or taller icicles on the strand.

• How do I create a strand with multiple light colors, such as red, white, and pink?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Move Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Tap the Colors property.

5. Tap all the color boxes in the area entitled Bulbs colors in strand to remove the existing colors.

6. Tap the red, white, and pink color boxes (in that order) in the area entitled Available bulb colors.

7. Choose a color order:

- Tap Random to randomly place the red, white, and pink bulbs along your strand. Roughly 33% of the bulbs will be red, 33% white, and 33% pink.

- Tap Cycle to alternate adjacent bulbs between the 3 colors. Here the bulbs in your strand will be color sequenced red, white, pink, red, white, pink, red, white, pink, etc.

- Tap Icicle to vertically sequence the bulbs in an icicle strand. Here, rows of bulbs in your icicles will be colored red, white, pink, red, white, pink, etc.

• How do I change the geometry of a strand of lights?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Move Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Perform one or more of the following actions:

- Drag a diamond marker to move the vertex of the selected strand.

- Drag a triangle marker to add a new vertex to the selected strand.

- Drag the upper-left of the strand's bounding box to move the entire strand.

- Drag the lower-right of the strand's bounding box to scale the entire strand.

5. Use these gestures to zoom in and out:

- Pinch to zoom in or out of your scene.

- Double tap to zoom in.

- Two-finger tap to zoom out.

- Drag to pan your scene (i.e., scroll left/right, up/down) when zoomed in.

• How do I extend a strand of lights?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Move Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Drag the diamond marker of the last vertex in the strand to your desired ending location for the strand.

5. Drag the triangle marker of the second-to-last vertex in the strand to the previous location of the last vertex. This effectively adds a new vertex beyond the strand's prior ending location.

• How can I increase my accuracy when repositioning strands of lights?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Move Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Use the pinch gesture at the vertex you'd like to reposition. Pinch outward to zoom into the scene at this vertex.

5. Drag the vertex diamond marker to the desired location when zoomed in, which effectively increases your positioning accuracy.

6. Pinch inward to zoom back out of the scene.

• How do I shorten a strand of lights?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Remove Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Tap on the circle-X marker of a vertex to remove the vertex from the strand.

• How do I remove a strand of lights?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Remove Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Tap the upper-left of the strand's bounding box to remove the entire strand.

• How does Curve At Vertex work?

1. Tap Change Mode in the scene editor, then select Strand to enter Strand Mode.

2. Tap Curve At Vertex.

3. Tap on the strand you want to edit. A bounding box will appear around your selected strand.

4. Tap the upper-left of the strand's bounding box to toggle the entire strand between creased and curved. This method results in a strand that consists of either a series of linear segments (i.e., creased) or a single smooth curve (i.e., curved).

5. Alternatively, tap a vertex marker to toggle the portion of the strand near the vertex between creased and curved. You can use this technique to produce a strand composed of both linear segments and smooth curves.

 

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