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Chapter 5. Transforming Objects and Comp... > Moving, Rotating, and Scaling Object...

Moving, Rotating, and Scaling Objects

Maya provides multiple tools for moving, rotating, and scaling objects and components. Each of these tools has axes that you can grab and move to transform an object. These axes, called manipulators (Figure 5.3), are used to translate (move), rotate, or scale the object. Manipulators make it easy to constrain objects along a particular axis: You simply click and drag the colored line for the axis along which you want to constrain the object. The colors remain consistent for each tool. RGB colors coincide with the X-Y-Z axes (Figure 5.4): The manipulator’s X axis is red; the Y axis is green; and the Z axis is blue. If you forget an axis’ color, simply check the View axis in the lower left-hand corner of each pane (Figure 5.5). The axis selected on the manipulator is always yellow.

Figure 5.3. The Move, Rotate, and Scale manipulators.



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