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Old 23-04-2003, 12:59 AM   #1
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Hello guys,

While playing around a little with Manipulators today I found this handy tecnique to rest an object on the grid.
Thought Iīd share it with you.
  • Select the object.
  • Press the W key (shortcut for Move Tool).
  • Press the Insert key (turns on Pivot edit mode).
  • Press and hold down the V key (shortcut for Point Snap), move the Pivot center to the lowest point of your model, once it snaps into place, drop it and release the V key.
  • Press the Insert key (turns off Pivot edit mode).
  • Press and hold down the X key (shortcut for Grid Snap), move the object upwards using the Y handle, once it snaps into place, drop it and release the X key.
  • Go to Modify > Center Pivot
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Old 23-04-2003, 01:05 AM   #2
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nice technique adl! couldnt you also just centre the pivot first and then hold the x button to snap to the centre of the grid? That would save you moving the pivot.

Do you know if there is a way to snap to the different grid lines (the grey ones)? or do you always have to snap to the centre point?
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pure morning: yep u can snap to grid points
you just hold X when ur move tool is on, then middle click and slight move on any grid point and it shud snap there (or you cud contrain to just one axis like adl said)

X = grid snap
C = curve snap
V = Point snap (i love this )

one thing more ppl dnt no, altho i just mentioned it, is the quick way of snapping using the middle mouse button. you click on where you WANT to snap to with the MMB, then jerk the mouse slightly and boom! done
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Originally posted by Pure_Morning
... couldnt you also just centre the pivot first and then hold the x button to snap to the centre of the grid? That would save you moving the pivot.

No, because that would actually center your object in the gridīs center -defeating the whole purpose of the technique-. We point-snap it to a point so we get that point to grid-snap the whole object on top of the grid.

... Do you know if there is a way to snap to the different grid lines (the grey ones)? or do you always have to snap to the centre point?

When you turn on grid-snapping itīll snap to the nearest point the Pivot is moving, so basically you can choose at which point of the grid it would snap. -not necesarily the center-

Glad you found it nice.
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Old 23-04-2003, 01:17 AM   #5
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really!?!? wicked I will be using that tomorrow then!! no more squi-iffy curves for me then!!!

I love threads like this, they really open up new things that you mite not see by yourself! little secrets that really open up your workflow! any more little secrets adl?

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never figured that to be secret. lol
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