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Manipulating/Moving Props

There are three ways to manipulate props:

  1. Rotation: Rotation occurs at that prop’s center and alters orientation without altering location.
  2. Translation: Translation occurs at the prop’s center and alters location without altering orientation.
  3. Scale: When you select a prop, scaling occurs along that entire prop in your selected axis or axes.

Using the Manipulator

Direct manipulation is the easiest way to adjust your prop’s position. This method is both easy and fast. Some artists use this method to move props into their rough positions, then switch to the Parameters tab to make fine adjustments. The precision of this method depends on your viewing angle and distance; the closer you are to the object you’re manipulating, the finer control you will have. At its most basic, the process is as follows:

  1. Select the prop to move, as described above.
  2. Click and drag the Manipulator handles to move the prop.

Selecting Which Prop to Move

You must select the prop you wish to move before moving it. The Manipulator (be rotation, translation, or scale) appears at the selected prop’s center whenever you select a prop. These controls will vary depending on the currently selected manipulation mode. There are two ways to select props:

  • Click the desired prop in any viewport.
  • Select the desired prop using the Scene Tab.

Tip graphic TIP! These instructions describe selecting props that have no bones. Props with multiple bones behave like figures, save that they aren’t usually tied together into a contiguous object like figures usually are.