Token Settings

Ready to take your adventure to the next level with Updated Dynamic Lighting?


“How do I get started?”

First, you’ll want to double-click the token you want to edit. From there, select the Dynamic Lighting tab to view the various lighting and vision settings.

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You’ll need to enable settings on each individual token in order for Updated Dynamic Lighting to work. 

Note: Under the Basic tab in a token, you’ll find the "Controlled By" field (under the “Name” field on the left side of the window). If you want your players to be able to move their token and see, you’ll need to assign their respective tokens to them.


“What is vision?”

The vision toggle gives tokens (and the players assigned to them) the ability to see. You’ll find further vision settings directly under that toggle. A token cannot see if this toggle is not turned on. When a token has vision, it can only see up to the edge of what is illuminated by light sources. 


“What are the vision settings?”

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Night Vision
  • Allows your token to see in total darkness, up to however many feet you specify.
  • Note: Once enabled, you can even adjust the color of your Night Vision using the Tint Color option, or add a cool sharpening of your Night vision range with the Sharpen Effect toggle. The new Dimming effect will also allow for dim Night Vision past the distance set.
Night Vision Effects
  • This option provides alternative functionality to the Night Vision effect.
  • Dimming causes the vision area of the selected token to become dim Night Vision
  • 10 feet of Dimming will have the inner ten feet of Night Vision appear bright while any amount left over will appear dim from that distance onward to the end of the night vision area.
  • On Sharpen: As of May 2021, the Sharpen affect for Night Vision was removed. This was so we could further development in other areas of Dynamic Lighting. 
Limit Field of Vision
  • This option limits your vision to an arc from the chosen center of a Token. This is perfect for those who want a more "realistic" depiction of sight where the token/character can only see what's in front of them.
New! Nocturnal Vision
  • Nocturnal Vision is a new mode that mimics DnD5e and PF2e rules for Darkvision. When enabled, tokens will have Low Light in No Light areas, and Low Light areas will appear Brightly Lit. 
  • This vision can be tinted with any color, though we suggest a grey tint if you’re attempting to make things appear monochrome.

“How do I make a token produce light?”

If you want to better immerse your players into the world you’ve created, you can give objects (like torches) or even players the ability to emit light!

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New! Colored Lights
  • You can now set any of the lighting options below to emit colored lights! The setting for colored lights can be edited right under the Directional Light options.
Bright Light
  • Allows a token to emit a bright light up to a certain specified amount in feet.
  • Note: Bright Light on its own has a feathered "edge" starting at 1/2 of a grid cell before the edge of the bright light.
Low Light
  • Allows tokens to emit a gentle, low light, up to a specified amount in feet. Low Light gradually fades out starting at its origin to the edge of its field.
Directional Light
  • Limits the emitted light to a certain radial degree from the center of a token.
  • Note: This is perfect for certain light types that have a limited light cone, like a flashlight!
Total Light
  • Displays the total amount of light (Bright Light AND Low Light) being emitted from a token, with the token’s light radius starting with Bright Light and ending with Low Light.

“What’s in the ‘Advanced Settings’ dropdown?”

In the dropdown at the bottom of the Dynamic Lighting tab, you’ll find the Light Multiplier. This feature allows users to change the token’s radius of light by percentage.

For example, setting the Light Multiplier to 200% will let the Token see light from twice it's set radius.

Carried Light Sources (With Vision)

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This can be any static source of light, from wall sconces to street lights. Since they won't be moving, these lights are best represented as new tokens on the Map layer. 

A campfire should receive a Light Radius and have All Players See Light just like the Lantern. However, since it isn't attached to a player, it should not have Has Sight enabled. It's a safe idea to move these static sources of light to the Map Layer so that they don't accidentally get moved.

For example, a large bonfire that emits bright light out to 100 ft and another 50 ft low light. To set that up using Updated Dynamic Lighting, you would set that up as shown below:

Token Vision
Vision = "On"
Token Emits Light
Bright Light = "On"
Bright Light Distance = "20 ft"
Low Light = "On"
Low Light Distance = "20 ft"
Total Light will automatically read "40 ft"
Stationary Light Sources (Without Vision)

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This can be any static source of light, from wall sconces to street lights. Since they won't be moving, these lights are best represented as new tokens on the Map Layer. The campfire should receive a Light Radius and have All Players See Light just like the Lantern. However, since it isn't attached to a player, should not have Has Sight enabled. It's a safe idea to move these static sources of light to the Map Layer so that they don't accidentally get moved.

For example, a large bonfire that emits bright light out to 100 ft and another 50 ft low light. To set that up using Updated Dynamic Lighting, you would set that up as shown below:

Token Vision
Vision = "Off"
Token Emits Light
Bright Light = "On"
Bright Light Distance = "100 ft"
Low Light = "On"
Low Light Distance = "50 ft"
Total Light will automatically read "150 ft"
Limit Field of Vision

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This can be any static source of light, from wall sconces to street lights. Since they won't be moving, these lights are best represented as new tokens on the Map Layer. The campfire should receive a Light Radius and have All Players See Light just like the Lantern. However, since it isn't attached to a player, it should not have Has Sight enabled. It's a safe idea to move these static sources of light to the Map Layer so that they don't accidentally get moved.

For example, a large bonfire that emits bright light out to 100 ft and another 50 ft low light. To set that up using Updated Dynamic Lighting, you would set that up as shown below:

Token Vision
Vision = "Off"
Token Emits Light
Bright Light = "On"
Bright Light Distance = "100 ft"
Low Light = "On"
Low Light Distance = "50 ft"
Total Light will automatically read "150 ft"
Low Light (Carried or Stationary)

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For very dim light sources, such as a patch of incandescent mushrooms, glowing coals, or a luminescent barrel of radioactive waste, you may want to use Low Light. Depending on if the light source is being carried or is part of the environment, you may want to adjust the lighting/vision settings of a player-owned token or ensure that the source is on the map layer.

For example, a glow stick lying on the ground that emits low light out to 5 ft. Using Updated Dynamic Lighting, you would set that up as shown below:

Token Vision
Vision = "Off"
Token Emits Light
Low Light = "On"
Low Light Distance = "5 ft"
Total Light will automatically read "5 ft"
Directional Light (Carried or Stationary)

If you want to restrict the angle of a light source, you can limit the light with Directional Lighting. Typically a flashlight will have between a 20 and 60-degree angle of light. For example, a hooded lantern might have a 60ft Bright Light, a 30ft of Low Light, and a 40-degree angle.

Alternate Senses

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To simulate alternative senses such as Dark Vision using Updated Dynamic Lighting, you can turn on Night Vision. This reveals the map, without requiring a light source or forcing the token to provide light for others.

For example, to set up a character who can see in complete darkness up to 60 ft. using Updated Dynamic Lighting, you would follow the example below shown below:

Token Vision
Vision = "On"
Night Vision = "On"
Night Vision Distance = "60 ft"
Total Darkness

Leave all vision and lighting settings to "Off."

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