Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Slide Edge tool , part of Maya Essentials 2: Polygonal Modeling Techniques.
Sometimes you'll encounter the need to rearrange the detail of your model, but you don't want…to reshape the model.…In that case, the Slide Edge tool will help you to rearrange the detail in your model…and keep your model pretty much intact. So let me show how this works.…We've got this basic character here. So I'm going to select the torso.…And if notice here we've got some edge loops towards the torso here on the arm, and if…I wanted to--let's say I wanted to move this edge loop a little bit further to the right.…
In other words, center it a little bit more.…Well, if I were to go into Edge mode here by right-clicking, and I can just double-click…to select edge loop, and if I wanted to I could move this, but as you can see, as I…move this it's maintaining its profiles.…So it's not changing.…So in order to really do this I would have to move it, and then scale it, but again it…gets kind of clumsy when we do that.…So it's not really the best way to manipulate that.…
The easier way to do it is to do what's called a Slide Edge.…
- Creating and modifying polygonal objects
- Editing with reflection
- Smoothing objects
- Keeping faces together
- Using the Polygon Bridge tool
- Selecting and editing edge loops
- Spinning edges
- Working with objects history
- Modeling symmetrically
- Merging vertices
- Combining objects
- Using the Crease tool
Skill Level Beginner
1. Polygonal Modeling Tools
2. Editing Polygonal Models
3. Working with Edge Loops
4. Refining Polygonal Models
5. Additional Polygonal Tools
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