In camera view, how do I perfectly align my model? For example, I want a side view of my space ship (or front/back) I can move the camera around but that's not exact!

Thank you 😊

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    $\begingroup$ do you want to align the camera with the object or align the object with the camera? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Jul 27, 2020 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ Use the Numpad buttons to get the proper orthographic view. 1 = front, 3 = side, 7 = top, 9 = invert whatever position you're in (ie top becomes bottom) $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2020 at 19:43

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If it's aligning the view to an object or element you're after, explore the ShiftNumpad 1, ShiftNumpad 3 and ShiftNumpad 7 combinations.

They will align the view down the selected element's Y, X, and Z axes, respectively.

  • If the element is an object, that's down the object's axes, towards its origin.
  • If a face, Z is down its normal, X and Y look straight across its plane.
  • If it's an edge, Y looks straight down it, and X, Z, align the edge parallel to the screen,
  • and finally, if a vertex, Z looks straight down the vertex normal, and the others bring the vertex normal parallel to the screen.

Adding Ctrl to the key combinations gives you the reverse angles of the above.

CtrlAltNumpad 0 will align the active camera to whichever view you are in.


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