Join Aaron F. Ross for an in-depth discussion in this video Modeling with the animation Snapshot tool, part of 3ds Max: Tips, Tricks and Techniques.
- [Instructor] The Snapshot tool lets us create copies…or clones of an animated object.…We can use this as a modeling tool,…and in this case I'll make copies of a chamfer box…to create the steps of a spiral staircase.…I've got a scene set up with a single chamfer box,…which will be the first stair step.…I've also got a tape measure helper…to indicate the total height of the staircase,…which is 12 feet.…Sorry to all of our international audience,…I'm using feet and inches,…which is the standard for architecture.…
For a spiral staircase, I want to rotate around a point…which is outside the step itself.…And to facilitate that,…I can move the pivot point of the chamfer box.…Select it in the top viewport,…go over to the Hierarchy panel, click Affect Pivot Only,…choose the Move tool, and over in the Snaps,…click and hold on the 3D Snaps icon and choose 2.5D snaps.…
That way when I move the pivot point in the top view,…I won't change its elevation.…The stair step is not actually flush on the floor.…So I don't want to place the pivot point on the floor,…
AuthorAaron F. Ross
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