I have a simple character. I would like rig the legs so that I can easily control them. How can I IK rig my characters leg?

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you need reverse foot or just the simpliest IK? $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Dec 25 '14 at 11:53
  • $\begingroup$ If the foot would stay level, that would be best. $\endgroup$ – Vader Dec 25 '14 at 11:54

First you will need a target bone for the Ik - for example a copy of the foot bone. Make sure this bone is not parented to anything (except when you have a root/master bone - then parent it to root/master)

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Now in pose mode add an IK constraint to the shin bone and setup it like in the picture. You can do this fast by selecting the target_bone first (copy of foot_bone), then the shin_bone and Ctrl+Shift+C then I. Set the IK chain length to 2.

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Last step is to add Copy Rotation constraint to foot_bone.
Select target_bone (copy of foot_bone), select foot_bone,Ctrl+Shift+C then R

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Now your leg is controlled with the target bone. You can also add a Pole bone for the IK constraint so the direction of the knee is defined:

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You can eyeball the pole_angle, how to set it precisely is explained here: How to Set/Calculate pole angle of IK constraint so the chain does not move?

  • $\begingroup$ is foot_bone the original or the copy? $\endgroup$ – Vader Dec 25 '14 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ original - the copy is target_bone, i will edit it so its clear. $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Dec 25 '14 at 14:30
  • $\begingroup$ In the Copy Rotations constraint I can't add the new bone as the vertex group. Why is this? $\endgroup$ – Vader Dec 25 '14 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ Make sure characters armature object is in Target: input field and not some mesh object $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Dec 25 '14 at 15:38

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