This is the first time I've worked with character models and rigging in blender. I'm coming across an issue where, after I parent my metarig and my mesh (with automatic weights), moving or rotating parts of the rig in pose mode affects other sections of the mesh it shouldn't be (see pictures).

Is there anything I'm doing wrong? Any setting I should've had ticked in the file?

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  • $\begingroup$ Chances are good that your normals are backwards. Check normal direction with "face orientation" in overlays, fix, then re-weight with autoweights. $\endgroup$
    – Nathan
    Jan 16, 2022 at 4:18

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I think the first disappointment that new riggers experience is that "with automatic weights" is not infallible.

First, when you parent, watch the bottom center of the screen to see if you get the infamous "bone heat" message. But you do not have that problem.

Second, be prepared to learn about Weight Painting and Vertex Groups. You do have that problem.

When you select with automatic weights, Blender uses an algorithm to guess what part of your mesh should be controlled by each bone. But real meshes sometimes require that parts of the mesh be controlled partially by each of two different bones.

To solve this, Blender adds the parts of the mesh to vertex groups, one vertex group per deforming bone. But it can get that wrong and either use the wrong group or assign parts of the mesh to two bones. This is what's happening when you move your character's left leg.

Crash course in weight painting

  • Select the armature
  • Shift select the model
  • Use the menu to go to weight paint mode.
  • ctrl-click on a bone in the leg to select it.
  • Use the subtract brush to remove anything but dark blue from anyplace except the leg you want the bone to control

The manual has better details and there are many tutorials.

  • $\begingroup$ I believe this works. Now for the headache of going through every vertex group and fixing them all! TY $\endgroup$
    – user140267
    Jan 16, 2022 at 3:38
  • $\begingroup$ you're welcome. $\endgroup$ Jan 16, 2022 at 14:31

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