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Manipulating/Moving Lights

There are three ways to move lights:

  • Rotation: Rotation occurs at that light’s center and alters orientation without altering location.
  • Translation: Translation occurs at the light’s center and alters location without altering orientation.
  • Scale: Scaling occurs along the selected light’s selected axis or axes.

Selecting Which Light to Move

You must select the light you wish to move before moving it. The Manipulator (as selected - rotate, translate, scale) will appear at the selected light’s center whenever you select a light. These controls will vary depending on the currently selected movement mode. There are two ways to select lights:

  1. Click the desired light in any viewport.
  2. Select the desired light using the Scene tab.

Using the Manipulator

Direct manipulation is the easiest way to adjust your light’s location and/or orientation. This method is both easy and fast. Some artists prefer to use this method to move lights into their rough positions, then switch to the Parameters tab to make fine adjustments. At its most basic, the process is as follows:

  1. Select the light to move, as described above.
  2. Click and drag the Light Manipulators to move the light.