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Using the Spin Edge tool


Maya 2011 New Features

with George Maestri

Video: Using the Spin Edge tool

Using the Spin Edge tool provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by George Maestri as part of the Maya 2011 New Features
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Video Duration: 2m 27s1h 22m Intermediate May 13, 2010

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Author George Maestri explores the significant and robust feature set in Maya 2011 that add functionality for its 3D workflows in Maya 2011 New Features. This course covers the addition of Bezier curves for NURBS modelers, the Connect Component and Spin Edge tools in the polygonal modeling mode, and rigging tools for character animation. Enhancements to rendering and special effects are also reviewed. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Choosing colors with the Color Picker
  • Using the new Shelf Editor
  • Adjusting skin weights with color feedback with Paint Skin Weights
  • Connecting characters to skeletons with Interactive Skin Bind
  • Making object-level soft selections
  • Constraining objects to polys
  • Using the camera sequencer
  • Exploring the Hypershade window improvements
3D + Animation
George Maestri

Using the Spin Edge tool

Another great new modeling tool in Maya 2011 is called the Spin Edge tool. Now what this does is it takes an edge and allows you to change its orientation or spin it around the model. Now, I have a Maya file open and this file has a simple plane. Now, what I've done is I've actually used Connect Components to draw two diagonals across this plane, and this will give me some additional edges so we can illustrate the Spin Edge tool a little bit easier.

So, in order to do this, we need to select an edge. So, I'm going to right-click, go into Edge mode, and let's go ahead and select this edge. Now, we can get into the Spin Edge tool in two ways. One is through the menu. The other is through the Keyboard Shortcut. Let me show you where it is on the menu. Under Edit Mesh, we have Spin Edge Forward and Spin Edge Backward. But this tool really works much better as a keyboard shortcut.

And the keyboard option is Ctrl+Alt+Right or Ctrl+Alt+Left and that means the Left arrow. There on the Mac, you're going to using Control+Option+Right/Left. So let's go ahead and use the keyboard shortcut rather than the menu, so you can see how this works. So, I'm just going to hit Ctrl+Alt+Arrow key. So, I'm just going to Arrow Right, Arrow Left, while holding down Ctrl+Alt or Control+Option. And you can see how that spins. Now, if I actually go over to this edge, you can see this is a little bit easier, you can see how it kind of spins around and actually gives you a number of different options.

Maybe an edge like this, you can see how it can spin clockwise or counterclockwise, just depending on which Arrow key I press. There's something like this might not spin as much, because it's on a triangulated edge already. It really works a little bit better on ones where you actually have the option for multiple ones. But you can see how this works and you can see how it really gives you much wider control over your edge orientation, and they can help you get yourself out of little modeling jams that you've gotten yourself into.

So go ahead and memorize these two keystrokes, because I'm sure this is going to come in very handy if you ever do any sort of polygonal modeling.

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