1.1.6 How Do I Begin?
POV-Ray scenes are described in a special text language called a "scene
description language". You will type commands into a plain text file and POV-Ray will read it to create the
image. The process of running POV-Ray is a little different on each platform or operating system. You should read the
platform-specific documentation as suggested earlier in this introduction. It will tell you how to command POV-Ray to
turn your text scene description into an image. You should try rendering several sample images before attempting to
create your own.
Once you know how to run POV-Ray on your computer and your operating system, you can proceed with the tutorial
which follows. The tutorial explains how to describe the scene using the POV-Ray language.