There are eight pages in the LittleBigPlanet 2 Tools Bag: Functions, Gadgets, Gameplay Kits, Music, Sound Objects, Backgrounds, Gameplay Controls and Global Controls. Before patch 1.06, Gameplay Controls and Global Controls were the same page.
The Tools page brings together many of the Function tools from other Popit pages in one place. This functions are focused on changing materials' settings, specifically talking: form, structure, and hazardous effects.
Move objects around, delete them, tweak them, glue them, do anything really.
With the Material Changer it is possible to change the material of a contiguous object to another selected material.
To use it select Material Changer, then choose and select the material to which you want to change other objects, and finally change as many materials by pressing on them. When you are done press to go back to material selection and again to return to the Materials menu.
The Corner Editor allows you to make precise adjustments to the shapes you have made. Select it from the Popit window, and tap over the object you wish to adjust. The Popit Cursor is now restricted to the borders of the object you have selected. Move your cursor along the edge of the object until you reach the point you wish to alter. Tap again and you are able to pull and push the dimensions of the edge you have selected. Tap once more to set the alteration.
You can change the shape of the object by introducing multiple vertices on the object. Simply select a side of your object and push/pull the corners until you have created a shape you desire. Using this method, almost anything can be created.
You may not be able to guess from the name, but this tool lets you move and rotate material textures.
A dangerous element that can be applied to certain materials. If touched, the sackboy will be electrocuted and will then explode!
A form of danger. Coming in contact with fire will singe your Sack person. Prolonged exposure or multiple contact to fire within a short period of time is fatal.
Another form of danger that, if Sackboy touch, it will destroy him.
Used when you want to remove hazards from the selected material.
Sticker & Decoration Edit Tool
Cut a material into the shape of its stickers.
Advanced Glue Tool
Choose exactly which objects you want to glue together, by selecting them one at a time.
Slice 'N Dice
Added in update 1.06, it lets you cut objects up into smaller pieces. It works similarly to the Corner Editor.
Gadgets are maybe the most important and most used tools within the Tools Bag. Gadgets permit you to give mobility to objects, join things together, apply all the game mechanics, trigger explosives, Add advanced logic, and even animate life! Be ready to become the new Dr. Frankenstein.
- Bolt: Just as the name suggests. You can tweak it to rotate freely or stay stock still by adjusting its tightness slider.
- Sprung Bolt: A bolt that, when moved, can spring back into place. You can tweak its tightness as well, as well as spring strength.
- Motor Bolt: A bolt that can allow attached objects to rotate. You can tweak its tightness and speed,
- Wobble Bolt: Much like a motor bolt, except this bolt can rotate to a set degree, then spin back, effectively making attached objects wobble.
- String: A basic connector that lets you attach two objects with a piece of string.
- Elastic: Like string, but you can tweak how stretchy it is.
- Rod: A connector that acts like an unbending pole. You can make it stiffly hold 2 objects together, disallowing movement.
- Spring: Precisely what it sounds like, springs will spring back into place when deformed. You can tweak it to be stiff and to change how powerful the spring is.
- Winch: Basically a string that can be reeled in or out. You can tweak its speed, delay, maximum and minimum length, as well as other things.
- Piston: A combination between a rod and a winch. You can tweak its speed, delay, maximum and minimum length, as well as other things.
- Emitter: Emits custom objects. You can tweak speed and delay, as well as the direction of the object and how long it lasts before disappearing.
- Note: Lets you leave notes on your creations.
- Smoke Machine: Add special effects to your levels using smoke and mirrors. (Well, maybe not mirrors.)
- Mover: Make an object move in one simple direction.
- Advanced Mover: Connect multiple wires to it to control multiple movements for an object.
- In-Out Mover: Move an object through the layers.
- Follower: Make an object follow the player. Can be tweaked to make it flee instead, or to follow a tag.
- Thruster: Provides powerful thrust. The amount of thrust can be tweaked.
- Motion Recorder: Use your PlayStation Move controller to record actions for your objects.
- Button: Simply press this to activate it, either by jumping on it or pushing into it on a wall.
- Sticker Sensor: Activates when a certain sticker is placed on attached objects. Do remember to pick a sticker or else any sticker can activate it!
- Grab Sensor: A switch that activates when the object it is stuck to is grabbed.
- Player Sensor: A switch that comes on when a Sackperson is near. Good for timing events and such.
- 2-Way Switch: A switch that activates when thrown. Note you don't have to grab the switch, running into it suffices.
- 3-Way Switch: A switch that activates when thrown, but with 3 directions. Note you don't have to grab the switch, running into it suffices.
- Tag: Activates set tag sensors. You can tweak the color and label. It will only activate Tag Sensors with the same color AND label.
- Score Sensor: Senses when the player has a specific score.
- Impact Sensor: Senses when something touches an object. You can tweak it that it requires a Tag.
- Projectile Sensor: Senses projectile objects such as fire, electricity, water or plasma.
- Tag Sensor: Activated by a set Tag. You can tweak the color and label like the tag.
- Paint Sensor: A switch that activates when what it's attached to is shot by the Paintinator. You can tweak how many time it must be shot. You cannot invert this switch.
- Water Sensor: A switch that activates when submerged. If inverted, it activates when taken out of water. Like the Sticker, Grab, Tag and Paint sensors, you attach it to an object (usually a boat in this case).
- Speed Sensor: Added in 1.06. Senses when an object is moving at the set speed.
- Angle Sensor: Added in 1.06. Senses when the object reaches a specific angle. You can tweak the degrees of the angle.
- Rotation Sensor: senses how fast an object is rotating. Added in 1.06.
- Global Lighting Tweaker: As the name implies, changes the lighting, darkness, fog, fog color and color correction. You can connect a sensor to it to activate it.
- Global Audio Tweaker: Tweak how your level sounds. Adjust the individual reverbs for the music, sound effects, Magic Mouth dialogue, and background noises.
- Global Water Tweaker:
- Global Anti-Gravity Tweaker:
- Score Giver:
- Game Ender:
- Direction Splitter
- Direction Combiner
- Material Tweaker
- Anti-Gravity Tweaker
- Danger Tweaker
- Magic Mouth: A mouth that can be triggered when a Sack person is near to emit sounds and create a text bubble. A new feature of the game is that they can record dialogue from the real world via a PlayStation Eye.
- Magic Eye: Eyes that follow Sackpeople around. They look much like googly eyes. There are also "Cute" and "Evil" variations.
- Leg: A leg for a creature. Obviously makes some kind of walking motion.
- Creature Navigator: Restricts creatures to a certain area. When a creature runs into it, it'll be forced to turn around.
- Creature Brain (Protected): A brain that you can attach to a creature to make it think and move. A creature with one of these can't be killed.
- Creature Brain (Unprotected): A brain that you can attach to a creature to make it think and move. A creature with one of these can be killed.
- Wheel: A wheel that can be attached to a creature to make it move.
Gameplay Kits refer to objects that have importance only while playing the level. Examples of them are the checkpoint door, the score table, points bubbles, and racing flags. To be used few times during the creation of the level doesn't mean that they should be used with wisdom.
- Camera Zone: Lets you set the camera angle while playing, in a set zone.
- Entrance: Like a Checkpoint, although it marks the start point for your level.
- Score Bubble: Bubble that adds to your score when burst.
- Scoreboard: Gives your level an ending, as well as posting scores of that level.
- Checkpoint: Resume a level part-way through if you die. Has four lives.
- Close-Level Post: Once passed, no other players can join in the level until you finish.
- Photo Booth: Takes a picture.
- Prize Bubble: Gives people an object, picture, sticker, etc. when touched. They can be tweaked to choose the items, and they give more points than a score bubble.
- Double-Life Checkpoint: Like a checkpoint, but with an extra 4 lives. The extra 4 lives are indicated by the outer ring.
- Infinite Lives Checkpoint: Like a Checkpoint, although this cannot run out of Lives.
- Decoration Spinner: Place a decoration or sticker on this and it will spin.
- Trigger (rectangle): This explosive only goes of when a switch is activated or it is to close to another explosion.
- Impact (round): This volatile bomb explodes when handled carelessly or dropped too far.
- Missile: A combination between a rocket and an explosive. Found in the Metal gear solid kit. Flies away and then goes boom!
- Large Spikes: A 3x3 grid of spikes.
- Small Spikes: A small spike.
- Plasma Ball
- White-Red Missile
- Explosive Crate [Rectangle]
- Explosive Crate [Sphere]
- Start Gate: Obviously the starting point for a race. You can tweak it to adjust the time allowed for that particular race.
- Finish Gate: The end gate for a race. Gives out score for coming in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place, each getting less than the one before.
Audio Objects permit you to add different musics and sounds to your level. All the audio comes from the game and it's not possible to select your own music, even though you can create it in a very complicate manner.
Music objects permit you to add music from the licensed ones you hear in Story Mode, i.e. the ones not created by LBP developers. For these music objects, you can only set the triggering options and start points.
- 'Tapia Niang' By Toumani Diabete's Symmetric Orchestra
- 'My Patch' By Jim Noir
- 'Left Bank Two' By The Noveltones
- 'Saregama Sun' By Kenneth Young
- 'Rhythm Trax 07' By James Pants
- 'Girly Goodie Two Shoes' By Daniel Pemberton TV Orchestra
- 'Rock The Jungle' By Daniel Pemberton TV Orchestra
- 'Volver aComenzar' By Cafe Tacvba
- 'Diso'n'tinued' By Kenneth Young
- 'Cries In The Wind' By Daniel Pemberton
- 'Cornman' By Kinky
- 'Dancing Drums' By Ananda Shankar
- 'Atlas' By Battles
- 'Yell "Dead Cell"' By Kojima Productions
Music - Interactive
Interactive Music refers to the music you hear in Story Mode and that was created by developers. From these you can select the volume of each instrument and from which time you want the music to start playing. You can also set the triggering options.
- from The Savannah
- from The Wedding
- from The Canyons
- from The Metropolis
- from The Islands
- from The Temples
- from The Wilderness
- from The Gardens
- from Metal Gear Solid
- from Monsters
- from History Pack
Sound objects permit you to add object sounds from a variety of sounds that fall in various categories. From each of these sounds you can also select around 10 tone levels, and with each one about 5 variations, so it gives the impression to be a somewhat complete tool. You still have to take into account that the last level you can choose is the tone but not the variation.
You can also change volume and echo effects.
- Animal (yellow)
- Mechanical (green)
- Comedy (red)
- Monster (blue)
- Transport (orange)
- Environmental (purple)
- Musical (white)
- Human (pink)
- Miscellaneous (cyan)
- METAL GEAR SOLID (blue camo)
Select the theme of your level here from the ones you have played in story mode, or you can select a blank background for a minimalistic design and to avoid distractions. You can also make your own background using a thinnest shape on the furthest back plane.
- Blank Background: Wood-like ground and blank white background, with nothing else. Quite basic.
- The Gardens: Street-like theme, with pavement, ground, clumps of grass, garden gnomes and a fence background. Birds can be heard tweeting as the ambience.
- The Savannah: African savannah background with few trees, some rocks and grass. Can hear exotic sounds like monkey cries.
- The Wedding: Cemetery decorated with a Catholic church nearby. Has stained glass windows in background. Bell heard ringing in background.
- The Canyons: Desert with dry ground and occasional animal bones, and cliffs and cacti in the background. Can hear insects chirping.
- The Metropolis: American street in the city, with buildings in the background and things like dustbin bags. Can hear car rumbles and horns.
- The Islands: Japanese temple theme, with ponds and Japanese festival-like decorations in the background.
- The Temple: Selvatic background with earth and grass ground. Contains what looks like a temple in the background with elephant statues. Can hear exotic birds calling.
- The Wilderness: Tundra with snow ground. A sleeping bear can be seen.
- LBP1 Tutorial Background: Moon, stars and clouds. (Unobtainable through normal means)
- Da Vinci's Hideout: 16th Century like building with Leonardo da Vinci's art on canvases.
- Victoria's Laboratory: Huge steampunk factory with electric poles and other machines lying about.
- The Factory Of A Better Tomorrow: The left is a large city with the floor being a road, and the right being a movie production room.
- Avalonia: Huge white car factory with computers at top and robotic arms building cars below.
- Eve's Asylum: A 20th Century greenhouse with a huge tree in the middle of the background.
- The Cosmos: A large arcade with pinball shacks and other arcade related games. A lounge can be seen at the top.
- LBP2 Tutorial Background: Table with a statue of Sack-Thing, and concepts on the wall.
- METAL GEAR SOLID: Middle-eastern theme with a run-down deserted steet in the background, with merchant stalls and Snake's signature cardboard box.
- Edna Mode's Home: The home of the famous costume maker from The Incredibles
Selecting Global Controls is important because they contain the properties that give the feeling and mood to your scenario. Lighting and fog effects let you change from a happy, to a mysterious, to a fearful mood in just seconds.
Lighting refers to the time of the day in which your level takes place. As you modify this property you will notice the sun moving along with the directions of the shadows.
Selecting night does not necesarilly mean that the level will be dark (see Darkness below), instead it will have a bluish lighting coming from the moon.
Darkness refers to the light (not lighting) in your level. If the darkness property is set to high you will have difficultly seeing where you are moving or differentiating between objects; on the other hand, if darkness is set to low or none then it'll be clear. If your level is as dark as pitch, then you may want to add some lamps to your level as seen in The Darkness Story Level. Luminous costumes work, although the only items that luminate thus far are the Neon costume pieces and the Glowing Skeleton glitch costume.
Fogginess refers to the fog in the level, i.e. the visibility you will have. As fog becomes denser you will have a shorter vision range and so you will not be able to see objects that are not near enough, contrast will be lower, and also fog clouds will occasionally hide or make it difficult to see some objects. The background you choose also becomes fogged up.
Change Fog Color to make your scenario's fog adopt a specific color. Changing this won't be appreciated if the Fogginess is set to low or none.
Changes the hue and contrast of your scenario. For example, you can change the whole screen to Black and White, to Sepia, high contrast, etc. The hue and contrast themes are precreated and you cannot modify their properties on your own.