The Translate Plus Tool Revealed

Skill Level: Beginner / Views: 493 / System Requirements: Lightwave

Wanting to move points in modeler along a line with no deviation? Wanting to scale a polygon while keeping it's angle perfect? Well I wanted to introduce all, who don't know about it, to the Translate Plus Tool. Stick around because it COULD make your life a little easier and keep your models looking nice without creating any non-planar polygons.

EagleWing1000 on 11:58AM Thu, 17 April 2008

The Translate Tool

1.) Say you wanted to move [Point 1] towards [Point 2] and you wanted to make sure it moved directly towards it and not deviate from this, therefore altering your model further, or say you wanted to scale the Purple Polygon and maintain it's angle perfectly? VERY tricky normally. Well say you didn't want to do this by eye and you needed/wanted to be accurate in the task.

I am going to show you how to move [Point 1] towards [Point 2].
Before we move on, note that as with every other tool, it works by first selecting the point(s) or polygon(s) that you wanted to edit, so do this first

2.) After selecting [Point 1] I then selected the tool (Found under the Translate tab under Translate and More.

3.) Once the tool is selected,  it is simple as choosing one of its options that tells the tool how to behave.  In my case on the  example model I wanted to move [Point 1] towards [Point 2], so under Operation Select Translate. Then Under Axis Select Segment.
  • NOTE: The Axis tells the tool HOW you want to translate/move the selected point. Since we want it to move along a segment, we did the ingenious thing of selecting Segment.
4.) When you have done the above you will notice that the Translate Plus tool's window greys out and your model now has a strange case of chicken pox with light blue circles encircling each and every point on the model. Here is where you tell the tool which segment you want to move the point.

Select [Point 1and then [Point 2].

Once you have done this you will see that the light blue circles disappear and a faint blue line shows the path the selected point will move along.
click and drag your left mouse button and there you have it. It moves along the segment pefectly.

This tool has the ability to do much more though, you can also scale and rotate points and polygons  and if you have a keen eye you'll have noticed the Falloff tab to the bottom of the tool's window, so this tool can make your life a lot easier if you are wanted to be able to do acurate movements without 'eyeing' it.

In The Next Page I will show you how to how to Scale the Purple Polygon while maintaining it's angle perfectly.

Tutorial Comments

cshark  10:56AM Fri, 16 April 2010

Thanks, this is great!

Void Of Logic  9:54AM Tue, 22 April 2008

I guess i never realized how powerfull this tool was. Thanks dude!

crocodilian  1:22AM Fri, 18 April 2008

wow. this is one of those tools I knew nothing about, and it will be handy for exactly what you suggest, spacecraft windows. Thank you for this!

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