shortcuts: Maya Manipulations
Make life easier for yourself with resized handles
These Shortcuts pages are all about giving you bite-sized chunks of useful info to help you speed up your workflow and explore your software’s options.
Maya is a huge application and you will spend many happy hours experimenting with its capabilities, exploring creative uses of its different tools and learning all the shortcuts. That’s all well and good but sometimes it’s worth returning to the basics and concentrating on making life easier for yourself; after all, the faster you work, the more you can create (and earn).
Maya has options for just about everything, but one top tip is perfect for when you can’t quite grab a handle to move or resize a scene element. If your geometry is getting in the way of your handles simply press the + or - key to change the size. This is as simple as it gets but can prove to be a valuable tip to remember. This is probably most useful in modelling sessions but also pretty handy when you are working on the layout of a dense scene, or want to move something while retaining your point of view (say through a renderable camera).
01 What’s the problem?
Whether your object to move is obscured or just difficult to grab, you will see your handles. You just might not be able to actually latch on with your cursor. Trying over and over can be time-consuming and frustrating.
02 Quick keys
To overcome this all you need to do is hit the + or - key. There are limits to how much resizing can be done but rest assured, you will always find a size that fits your needs. Bonus tip: you can go into your preferences and increase the handle’s line width, which can make navigating a complex scene even easier, especially in textured view.
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