You can manually transform an object with a gizmo by entering precise parameters. For that, place the mouse pointer on one of the manipulator elements.
When it highlights yellow, the slider can be moved with the LMB pressed. You can rotate the object in 45-degree increments if you press (hold) Ctrl and LMB.
If you need to change the parameters precisely, place the pointer at the manipulator element, hold it with the LMB click and press the Space bar on the keyboard while holding the LMB pressed. Enter the parameters in the window that has just opened.
Use the mouse or pen to transform instead of navigation.
In this mode, you may use regular navigation rules to transform objects. Turn it off to navigate instead of the transform. Navigation through the navigation zone/icons may not be used for transforms, it navigates anyway.
* Object Gizmo and Gizmo Less Transform: by Anton Tenitsky.
Move: This tool is one of the most powerful and versatile tools in the voxel arsenal. Not only can it “adjust” any shape, large or small, but it also can act as an “Extrusion/Intrusion” tool.
Move a surface area. Press and drag LMB to move the surface within the cursor relative to the screen view. Use CTRL to move the surface along the normal. Different Alphas give different results.
Voxelize immediately: As soon as the move is finished, the surface will be voxelized immediately. Turn this checkbox off if you want to make multiple moves and voxelize as soon as you switch to any voxel tool.
Topological move: Move only connected to the center parts. Use it to close up holes and move what you want to move and not everything under the brush. It is a very helpful brush for sculpting close details, like lips, eyes, and fingers.
ThroughAllVolumes (TransPose & Move Tool Changes): This video covers changes made to the Pose & Move tools.
– Option: Conform Retopo Mesh to Sculpt
- Conform Retopo Mesh to Sculpt: This video demonstrates an update to the “Conform Retopo Mesh” feature in 3DCoat’s Sculpt workspace, which allows the user to see the Retopo Mesh (in the Sculpt Workspace) while making large-scale edits with the Pose, Move, or Transform tool.
It also covers some additional tips for making the Retopo mesh conform after making edits with Sculpting brushes.
You can also use Soft Selection feature for the Pose tool in the Sculpt workspace.
Pose: This tool is great for quickly changing the rotation, scale, and translation of a selection. You can determine the selection in several ways. You can use a line, ring, or sphere, and you can even paint on it with a Brush or an object. Check the Airbrush mode when using “Select with a pen” to increase the selection area smoothly.
After a selection is made, a special posing gizmo will appear.
Switching off Regular Gizmo, the tool has three states: Rotate, Scale, and Translate.
You can switch modes by clicking on the long red rectangular bar at the base of the gizmo. In each state, the gizmo has a set of parameters in the Tool Options Panel.
Finally, as with all tools in 3DCoat, the pose tool respects symmetry, as well as all selection modes, like drag rectangle, lasso, etc. Now, the Pose tool works on all visible objects (through all volumes).
Let’s now take a look at some of the Transpose Mode parameters:
- Freeze/Pose visibility: The opacity of the pose or freeze selection.
- Pose Action: you have two options:
- Move by Gizmo.
- Normal Extrude.
- Mode: The method of selection for the Pose tool.
- Line: This mode lets you draw a line-based gradient for use with the pose tool gizmo. It starts with your initial LMB click and ends with the release of the LMB.
- Ring: This selects a ring-based gradient. It starts with your initial LMB click and ends with the release of the LMB.
- Sphere: This selects a spherical gradient. It starts with your initial LMB click and ends with the release of the LMB.
- Snap to angle: Activate if you need the Snap to Angle selection.
- Paint: Select by brushing over an element. Selecting with pen mode lets you directly brush on your selection. The pen size directly affects the selection area. Furthermore, you can also smooth your selected area by holding “Shift + LMB”. This is a great way to select things quickly if you just need tiny little details selected.
- Note: “Paint Select” mode is very useful. With the Pose tool, you can use almost any selection method in the “E” Panel, like drag rectangle, lasso, etc. You can also subtract your selection using the normal tool while holding the CTRL key.
- Airbrush mode: Activate airbrush mode. You can also smoothly select areas instead of having a hard-edged selection. It makes for tidy deformations around the edges of your selection.
- Select Object: If you have multiple objects in your Sculpt Tree, this mode can come in handy. Simply click on the object you want to deform using the Pose tool, which will place the entire volume as your selection.
- Edit Pose falloff:
- Clear Selection:
- Invert Selection: Invert pose selection.
- Save Selection: Save pose selection to the file. It is recommended to use this in surface mode. If the mesh structure is changed due to voxelization, you will not be able to apply the previous store selection.
- Load Selection: Load pose selection from the file. If the mesh structure changes, you cannot restore selection, so use it in surface mode whenever possible.
- Smooth Selection: Smooth Pose Selection. Smooth all-in pose tool – it smooths all volumes selection if “through all volumes” is selected. Also, there are buttons 5x and 10x near the Smooth command to smooth faster.
- Store selection to the Layer: Store Pose Selection As Layer.
- Pick selection from the Layer: Recall Selection By Click. Press the button, then click on the layer in the scene to recall the frozen state. Use SHIFT to add the selection, and CTRL to subtract.
- Current layer > Selection: Recall the selection from the current layer’s opacity. Use SHIFT/CTRL to add/subtract the selection.
– Use Free Form: This feature allows a lattice to deform the selected Pose area. Select from several lattice shapes to transform the Pose selection.
– Apply Transform to Gizmo: Apply Transform to the entire Gizmo.
- Regular Gizmo: Use a regular gizmo instead of a line-based one. Below you have settings to select a control type if regular gizmo o line-based is selected.
- Hide Gizmo: Hide the gizmo to select an area more accurately.
- Adjust Transition Area: Adjust the area that joins un-selected and completely selected areas. It allows makes bending more accurate and natural.
- Move Only Gizmo: Move the gizmo but don’t transform the object.
- Leave Rotated Axes: After rotating, axes will remain in the final state. Otherwise, they will return to X, Y, and Z orientation.
- Pick Pivot: Click to pick the pivot point from the surface.
- Pick Position Only: Pick the position and Y-axis from the pen’s normal; and the position, X, and Z-axis from the pen’s orientation.
- Pick Normal & Position: Pick the position and Y-axis from the pen’s normal and position X and Z axis from the pen’s orientation.
- Pick View Direction & Position: Pick gizmo position from the pick point, Y axis from the forward direction, X – right, Z – upper.
- Reset Axis.
- Reset Space: Reset the object’s local space so it will be scaled uniformly along all axes, and local axis directions will orient to global X, Y, and Z.
- Center in Local Space: Center gizmo in local space. Axis will be oriented along the local axis if you check “Leave rotated gizmo”.
- To Main Axis: Direct gizmo axis along the main geometrical axis of the object.
- To Center Mass: Move the gizmo to the center of mass.
- To Bound Center: Move the gizmo to the center of the bound box.
- Align to View:
- Apply Transform to Gizmo: Apply to transform to the entire gizmo.
TransPose Tool Poly Groups: This video demonstrates a few new feature additions to the Pose Tool in 3DCoat 4.9. One is angle snapping for precise linear selections. The other is Poly Group functionality built into the Pose tool.
How to make these types of twists
Philnolan3d: You could play with the Pose tool to get different designs. I just quickly did this with the Ring selection mode. Just by dragging my selection along the length near the middle, then looking down the length, I rotated the gizmo.
Fit: Fit one object to another one. You may mark corresponding features and place objects together. After approximate placing, you may do placing precisely; corresponding features will stitch to each other.
Allows the user to reproject the details and vertex paint from one or more meshes in the scene to another mesh. Either to the entire mesh or locally using a brush.
Bend the object around the axis. Apply voxelized (it was in voxels) and switch to the Transform tool. So the topology changes are the result of voxelization. Preview immediately means that the object is deformed even if the gizmo moved. Otherwise, the bend was re-applied only when the gizmo motion ended.
Twist the object.
Warp (Bend) Object Around Circle.
Create a Radial Array. Any Voxel Layer can be duplicated and rotated in number and angle from a central axis.
How to make these types of twists?
Fluffy: For twisted objects consisting of multiple parts like the ones in the above image, you can try using the following method…
First, create one piece of the object and offset it from the center of the scene, then go to the Axial tool (in the Transform section of the tools panel) and set up the number of additional parts you want and the position and orientation of the axis along which to generate the copies, remember to enable the Instance option…
Once you’ve applied the Axial tool, you may find it helpful to ghost the newly created layers to make it easier to work on the original object; you can do this by ALT+left-clicking the ghost icon on the parent object layer.
Having done that, you can use the Move tool (also located in the Transform section of the tools panel) to add the required gap between the objects. Since all the other objects are instances of the object you are working on, any changes you make will affect all copies of the object.
Finally, use the Twist tool (again located in the Transform section of the tools panel) to add the desired amount of twist to the object(s)…
at which point, you should end up with a result similar to this…
This video series covers how to use the posing tool to translate organic and hard surface shapes.