[Chimera-users] Selective lighting

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Dec 6 12:01:25 PST 2016

Hi Oliver,
Sorry, the lighting and shininess settings are global and always apply to all models.  In the Lighting dialog (in menu under Tools… Viewing Controls), you can drag the lights around to interactively adjust their directions, but at least in my experience trying to spotlight some area doesn’t help much because other things in the vicinity will be just as shiny.

It depends on what you’re showing, but you might try making everything except the ligand transparent.  E.g. something like

open 2gbp
show ligand
rep sphere ligand
trans 65 ~ ligand

… or if you wanted white background, then

back solid white

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Dec 6, 2016, at 6:31 AM, Oliver Grant <olivercgrant at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Is it possible to use the lighting command and have it apply only to particular models? I'd like my ligand to "pop" out by having a light that only shines on it, and not the protein.
> Oliver

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