Welcome to the zerolens tutorial

This page will guide you through the important controls of zerolens. So you can take a perfect photo. If you run into any problems or just need some tips, feel free to use the chat in the bottom right corner.

Take a look at the video tutorial to learn the basics of zerolens in just 5 minutes.


The following documentation helps you to work with the zerolens platform and is an overview of its basic functionalities.

1. Getting started with zerolens

2. Moving the Camera

3. Moving and Deleting Objects

4. Adding New Objects and Products

5. Changing Colors of Objects and Environments

6. Adding Focus and Bokeh

7. Setting the Photo Quality and Format

8. Taking a Photo

9. Accessing and Managing your Photos

1. Getting Started with zerolens

Login to the zerolens studio with your standard email and you are good to go. No installation is required.

zerolens platform

On the zerolens feed (studio.zerolens.com), you can either search for keywords or just scroll down and become inspired by ready made photos. Once you find a virtual environment that you like, click on it.

An overlay opens and the zerolens studio loads the photo set of your choice.

zerolens - virtual photo studio

You can always leave this view by clicking anywhere in the outer edge of the screen or the white cross in the top left corner.

2. Moving the Camera

Now let's talk about how to move around in the virtual environment.

Rotating the camera - hold right mouse button and move your mouse to rotate the camera around.

Move the camera to the left/right and top/bottom
- hold shift(alt) key and the right mouse button, drag to move the camera. You can also use the middle button of your mouse and drag alternatively.

Camera zoom in/out - use your mouse zoom wheel or touchpad zoom

 3. Moving and Deleting Objects

Move your mouse over an object. If you see a white outline, you can interact with it.

Click on the object with your left mouse button, hold and drag it to move the object around. The object might jump a bit while moving since zerolens tries to find a position at or close to the spot where you want the object to be without intersecting with other objects.

Click on the object with your left mouse button to select it. On the right side, the object panel will open.

You can rotate the object by grabbing and dragging the handles on the sphere.

To delete an object press the red delete button.

Pro Tip - use the DEL or ENTF key to delete a selected object

You can move the object by selecting the "Move Tool" on the right side or press 'w'.

The object will have three arrows attached to it. Grab and drag an arrow or the area between them with the left mouse button to move the object. This may result in intersecting objects but let's you fine tune positions.

Standard Rotations - to rotate the selected object to it's origin rotation or flat lay position click the respective buttons with cylinders on them.

Pro Tip - use the keyboard arrows to move an object

4. Adding New Objects and Products

Click the "Add +" Button on the top left corner of the side menu to open the Add Object menu.

Left click an object you want to add it to the studio and wait until it finished loading. The object is now attached to your mouse as a ghost object.

Use left click to place the object finally into the virtual environment.

Pro Tip - If you want to place the same object multiple times use right click to when placing it.

5. Changing Colors of Objects and Environments

Currently there are two types of color changes implemented. You can either change colors in the scene or colors of a selected object. Everything you can't select is part of the scene, everything you can select is an object. Keep in mind that not every scene or object is color changeable. It probably wouldn't make sense to change the color of a lime ;)

Color Change Parts of the Scene

Click on the "Scene" tab located in the center of the side menu of the viewer. Colors that can be changed will show up with their name and recommended colors. Recommended are tested and will always give you good looking results but you can choose to add any color by clicking "+ custom color".

Color Change an Object

Select an object by left clicking on it. This opens the "Object" tab on the right menu panel. This tab will show you all the changes you can make to an object. E.g changing it's color.

While the object is selected you can always return to that view  by clicking the "Object" tab in the top right corner of the side menu.

6. Adding Focus and Bokeh

You can switch between autofocus and manual focus in the side menu when the "Scene" tab is selected.

Manual focus: Right click on a point where you want to set your focus.

Autofocus: The focus will be on the surface of the product that has been selected last.

7. Setting the Photo Quality and Format

Click on the "Scene" tab on the side menu to open it.

To change the format of your photo, select an aspect ratio that fits your needs, e.g. 4:3.

You can also select the Quality of the photo. We strongly recommend taking "draft" pictures first so you can see the result quickly and can decide if you like the composition.

A draft picture only costs you one zerolens credit per shot.

Higher Quality shots cost more credits. The credit cost is displayed in the bottom right corner and depends on the final size and quality of the image taken.

8. Taking a Photo

Once you are happy, click on the photo trigger to take a picture.

Our software is now creating your photo as a realistic image. Depending of the size and quality and complexity of the photo, the image is usually generated in between 3 minutes for a small draft and 30 minutes for very complex and large images.

While waiting feel free to take more pictures, or grab a cup of coffee.

9. Accessing and Managing your Photos

You can see all the photos you created by clicking on "my photos" in the top right corner of the web page.

In the "my photos" view, while an image is generated, you will see a preview of the image you took with an overlay "processing" or "on waitlist".

Clicking on a finished photo will enlarge it and gives you the option to download.

If you click the pencil symbol of a finished image it will open the virtual photo studio exactly where you left it when you took the shot. This way you can work on previous photos you made.

Something went wrong - what should I do?

Don't worry. If something goes wrong, just write us in the chat and we'll help you as fast as possible.

Happy virtual photographing!