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I once saw a tutorial on YouTube that gave me a simple keystroke to rotate the end face of a cylinder without deforming the sides. I used it many times, but then didn't require it for a year, until now, when it would be really useful.

Most answers in public forums relate to using the bisect tool instead of rotate, but that was not the solution I came across on YouTube and interrupts workflow.

Does anybody know how to do this? It is extremely useful and precise, as you can simply enter [something] then [r] and then the degree, and it forms a perfect turn in the cylinder without crushing the sides.

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You're probably looking for the Shear tool, shortcut AltCtrlShiftS (mh yes, you'd better not have lost a finger), it will make the selection slide on the X or Y (it's View orientation by default), then press 1 or -1 to get a 45° or -45° angle (the value is an Offset, not an angle, as you are not doing a rotation, you are sliding the vertices on an axis). Open the Operator box to enter or modify the values manually:

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  • $\begingroup$ As I said, this is great, and a great solution, but I'm still not sure it's the solution I once found on YouTube. But either way, I really appreciate the help. Bisect was killing me. $\endgroup$
    – Modeler101
    Oct 23 '20 at 10:29
  • $\begingroup$ it was the Knife tool maybe? Once you've pressed K you press C to cut orthogonally or 45°, and press Z to cut through $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Oct 23 '20 at 10:30
  • $\begingroup$ I just don't know. I feel like a complete moron. I never write down these useful things, and then months later, I'm like, "wait, how did I do that again?!" $\endgroup$
    – Modeler101
    Oct 23 '20 at 11:26

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