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The Next Step

The Graph Editor is a home base for your animations and envelopes. Before long, you will be using it with most of your animations, and you might even consider keeping it open while you work. Try using the Selection drop-down list above the Curve Window to access more control over your keyframes. LightWave’s panels are non-modal, which means that you don’t have to be in a certain “mode” to keep them open. Additionally, you can shrink the size of Layout, and configure your computer screen to show Layout, the Graph Editor, and even the Surface Editor all at once. Remember that you can collapse the left side and lower portion of the Graph Editor to reveal just the Curve window too.

You’ll find yourself using the Graph Editor for adjusting timing, clearing motions, saving motions, creating object dissolves, or animating color channels more often than you think. Practice creating, cutting, and adjusting keyframes and channels in the Graph Editor. When you’re confident of your ability, read on to begin creating amazing models and animations with LightWave 7.


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