Still working on the model and getting to the eyes and eyelid. Following a video on making the eyelid and the guy doesn't give any tips if I run into issues not making the eyelid move a certain way when trying to apply shapekeys to it

it moves like this on my end but

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supposed to move like this enter image description here

how do I fix that ?

  • $\begingroup$ Hi maxartz, welcome to BSE. First of all, if you are referring to a tutorial, please add a link to the tutorial to your question. Second: it would be very helpful if we know what you did, and what you want to achieve. I don't understand what you want because one picture is often not enough to make it clear how it should move. Since it seems that you are a beginner, providing a blend file is a good idea. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 10:53
  • $\begingroup$ youtube.com/watch?v=lozdbh8UUlw This is the tutorial I'm using to make the eyelids. not sure how to provide the blend flie. I was trying to create the eyelids to be movable for later rigging when the model is fully complete $\endgroup$
    – moxartz
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 11:23

1 Answer 1


You achieve different movement because of 2 reasons.

  1. Your rotation pivot (3d cursor) is placed far beneath the eyelid, while in a tutorial they have it in the center of the plane of the semisphere (where the object's origin (single orange dot) is).
  2. You are selecting the whole mesh, while in a tutorial they select only 4 front faces. That leads to moving your semisphere as a whole rather than deforming it.

To solve this:

  1. While in object mode press shift+S and choose "Cursor to active". This will move 3d cursor to your object's origin.
  2. In edit mode select 4 faces like in a tutorial, press O (to activate proportional editing), scroll the mouse wheel to get influence of proportional editing as needed, and finally, rotate around needed axis.

Hope this helps.

  • $\begingroup$ that actually worked !! thank you $\endgroup$
    – moxartz
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 11:32
  • $\begingroup$ Don't mention it. I modeled eyelids for the first time myself about 2 weeks ago. $\endgroup$
    – Valder95
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 11:34

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