I'm trying to extrude a section, almost like I'm scaling it, but the scaling doesn't seem to be working either. I can't find anything on why this is happening. It was working fine and then halfway through my project it isn't working!

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The bottom picture is a screenshot of the tutorial I'm following along with. This is my goal. The top picture is of my project. Extrude pretty much just moves the selection along a dark blue axis. I've tried scaling, even by selecting S > Shift+Z, I've tried every extrude option (region, region normals, and individual faces) and I don't understand!

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    $\begingroup$ can you share you blend file here? blend-exchange.giantcowfilms.com $\endgroup$ – Michael Ben David Feb 26 '19 at 5:06
  • $\begingroup$ Can you have a clear angled picture? Because the image angle of the tutorial is OK, but image angle of your viewport is not so understandable to us/me. There is no need to have same angle as your tutorial, add some other images where your object is clearly visible! $\endgroup$ – Yash Feb 26 '19 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ Try switching your pivot out of 'Individual Origins' to 'Median', or '3D Cursor' $\endgroup$ – Robin Betts Feb 26 '19 at 20:26

There are a few ways to shrink/fatten a region of an extrusion.. I don't know if this one is exactly in line with your tutorial....

  1. E Extrude the end of the rod to the desired length of the region to be scaled
  2. Now you have a set of faces whose normals you can extrude along ... Alt select that face ring
  3. Alt E > (Region, Vertex Normals) extrude the face selection along its faces' normals.

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Now, if you have the Transform Orientation set to 'Normal', you can select the faces at either end of the fattened section, and GZZ to adjust its ends.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm sorry, this doesn't seem to be working either. I wonder if its in one of my settings, that somewhere along the way I haven't returned back to normal. I think i might just tough it out for the rest of the project and myabe I'll run into the solution another day. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – Chandler Feb 26 '19 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Chandler I really don't think it can be a setting, unless it's a checkbox in the extrude panel itself.. maybe share your file to the address in the comments above? It would be a shame not to solve your problem .. $\endgroup$ – Robin Betts Feb 26 '19 at 20:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Chandler OK, I might have got it. I notice your pivot is set to 'Individual Origins' .. set it to something else, say 'Median'.. and make sure you've got no double verts left from earlier attempts (Ctrl+V > R) $\endgroup$ – Robin Betts Feb 26 '19 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ when i change any of those, all it does is locks into an axis (typically z) and moves as if its grabbing instead of extruding $\endgroup$ – Chandler Feb 28 '19 at 18:49
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    $\begingroup$ WAIT!! I DID IT!!! I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW BUT I DID IT!!!! I hit alt+e again and tried region (vertex normals) and for some reason it worked. but now I wanna know how they set that extrude as their default extrude $\endgroup$ – Chandler Feb 28 '19 at 18:51

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