general:interface_navigation:shortcuts

- Hotkeys mechanics improved, now if the key assigned to some action within the tool, then the same named action in other tool will react on the hotkey. It is important if you want to assign key to some common operation like “Act as vox hide” or other common option.

To define a hotkey is actually quite simple. All you need to do is point your mouse cursor over the item you would like to set a hotkey for and then press the END key, you will then see the following prompt.

You can now press the key you would like to assign to the function. Keep in mind nearly every button or menu item you see in 3DCoat be have a custom hotkey. Also, if a hotkey is already taken, it is no problem to go ahead an re-assign the key to whatever you like.

Use backspace to delete hotkey.


When you select a tool or menu item from one of the Rooms, you can enable the option to see short or long “Hints”. These appear as you hover your mouse over the tool or function you are interested in, and you will see at the end of the hint the following:
“(‘END’ - Define hotkey). You can assign single and multi-button shortcuts to almost any 3DCoat function or tool directly in the user interface. Simply press the keyboard END key while moving the mouse over any element, followed by the keyboard shortcut of your choice.

If a hotkey is already assigned you will be asked if you wish to:

Reassign the key with the new tool/function.
Stack the tool/function with any previous tools/functions, allowing you to cycle between all of the tools with one hotkey.
Remove any tools/functions assigned to that key.

Sticky Keys: This video demonstrates the use of the new Sticky Keys functionality in 3DCoat, as well as how to assign hotkeys and stack keys.

Hotkey access to Brushes and Panels: This video demonstrates the ability to use hotkeys to bring panel's and pallets directly to your cursor and how to keep 3DCoat from switching to different brush packs when choosing a different brush or tool.

When working, it is very important to have a quick access to all the necessary tools. Hotkeys can help with that. 3DCoat has developed a convenient system for the hotkeys setup and use.
We will now describe some of the important hotkeys that you can use to speed up your workflow.

With this key you can call all the tools that are available and you do not need to select them in the left pane.
At the top of the “Space panel” you can also find the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, … Just move the mouse where you need the tool to be and now you can access them using the appropriate keys on the keyboard.
Now simply press the combination: space and the number on which the tool stands to quickly select the tool.

The advantage of this method is that you can customize this panel as you like and quickly change the tools in it.

LMB=”left mouse button”
RMB=”right mouse button”
MMB=”middle mouse button”
WHEEL=”mouse wheel scrolling”

Open file (CTRL+O)
Save file (CTRL+S)
Save file as (CTRL+ALT+S)
Save incrementally (CTRL+SHIFT+S)
Import model (CTRL+SHIFT+O)
Import image plane (CTRL+SHIFT+M)

Undo (CTRL+Z)
Redo (CTRL+Y)
Edit all layers in external editor (CTRL+P)
Edit projection in external editor (CTRL+ALT+P)
Offset tool (CTRL+SHIFT+F)

Ortho-projection (NUM5)
View relief only (1)
View unshaded model (2)
View only specular (3)
View wireframe (4)
View shaded model (5)
View low-poly model (6)
View low shaded model (7)
Show 2D grid (CTRL+’)

Color picker (B)
Pick pivot point (F)
Show layer list (L)
Show tools panel (SPACE)
Depth channel (D)
Color channel (C)
Specular channel (R)
List of pens (T)
List of materials (M)
Types of drawing (E)
Quick panel (~)
Symmetry (S)

Add new layer (CTRL+SHIFT+N)
Delete layer (CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE)
Erase unfrozen (DELETE)
Fill unfrozen (INS)
Fill by mask (CTRL+INS)
Duplicate layer (CTRL+SHIFT+D)
Merge visible layers (CTRL+SHIFT+E)
Merge down (CTRL+E)

Toggle freeze view (ALT+F)
Unfreeze all (CTRL+D)
Invert freeze/selection (CTRL+SHIFT+I)
Show/hide freeze (CTRL+F)
Smooth freezing (CTRL+NUM*)
Expand frozen area (CTRL+NUM+)
Contract frozen area (CTRL+NUM–)
Freeze border (CTRL+NUM/)

Paste (CTRL+V)
Copy (CTRL+C)
Creation of a new pen from a site (CTRL+SHIFT+C)
Pick color (V)
Pick layer (H)

Add point to a spline (LMB)
Draw extruded curve (ENTER)
Pressed in one (CTRL+ENTER)
Delete all points (ESC)
Delete the last point (BKSP)
Change the position symmetry plane (TAB+drag LMB)

Unhide all (CTRL+X)
Expand hidden area (NUM+)
Contract hidden area (NUM–)

Increase level of smoothing (SHIFT+”+”) or SHIFT+WHEEL UP
Decrease level of smoothing (SHIFT+”-”) or SHIFT+WHEEL DOWN

Increase opacity of Glossinesy (/)
Decrease opacity of Glossines (;)

Increase transparency of texture (P”)
Decrease transparency of texture (O)

Add point to a spline (LMB) Draw extruded curve (ENTER) Pressed in one (CTRL+ENTER) Delete all points (ESC) Delete the last point (BKSP ) Change the position symmetry plane (TAB+drag LMB)

Paste (CTRL+V) Copy (CTRL+C) Creation of a new pen from a site (CTRL+SHIFT+C) Pick color (V) Pick layer (H)

Color picker (B)
Pick pivot point (F)
Show layer list (L)
Show tools panel (SPACE)
Depth channel (D)
Color channel (C)
Glossiness channel (R)
List of pens (T)
List of materials (M)
Types of drawing (E)
Quick panel (~)
Symmetry (S)

NumPad 1 Bottom
NumPad 2 Front
NumPad 4 Left
NumPad 5 Toggle Perspective-Orthographic projection
NumPad 6 Right
NumPad 7 Top
NumPad 8 Back

Ctrl+Up Arrow Add Camera Shortcut
Ctrl+Down Arrow Delete Camera Shortcut
Ctrl+Left arrow Switch to previous shortcut
Ctrl+Right arrow Switch to next shortcut

Decrease Opacity O
Increase Opacity P
Decrease Angle 9
Increase Angle 0
Decrease Radius [
Increase Radius ]
Decrease Degree -
Increase Degree +
Decrease Smooth Degree Shift + -
Increase Smooth Degree Shift + +
Decrease Glossiness Opacity ;
Increase Glossiness Opacity '
Decrease Glossiness Degree <
Increase Glossiness Degree >
Swap Colors X

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  • general/interface_navigation/shortcuts.txt
  • Last modified: 2022/07/03 09:52
  • by carlosan