short­cuts: Maya Ma­nip­u­la­tions

Make life eas­ier for your­self with re­sized han­dles

3D World - - TUTORIALS -

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.

Over­come tricky trans­forms Oc­cluded ob­jects can prove an­noy­ing and frus­trat­ing

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