Questions tagged [3d-view]

The viewport (also known as the 3D view) is where the user interacts with most 3D elements of the scene. Use this tag for questions related to the viewport.

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Why does the zoom sometimes stop at a point?

I often find that I can zoom in to a point, but then cannot zoom any more, even when there is a lot of room to zoom to the meshes on the scene. This is particularly annoying in the following ...
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Precisely move the 3D cursor

The 3D cursor can be moved by simply LMB clicking anywhere in the viewport. Is there a faster and easier way to position the 3D cursor?
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How to focus on the selected object?

In Maya if we have an object selected and we press F then the object is brought into focus and if no object is selected then all the objects in the scene are brought into focus. How can this be done ...
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How to close/open a view panel

I can't find a way to close a view panel, in particular the horizontal at the bottom, is pretty useless to me at this moment.
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How do I set a background image while I am editing?

How do I put a backdrop behind the model that I am creating so that I can compare the picture to the model while editing?
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Is it possible to make Blender a Y-up world?

After learning bits and pieces of Maya, 3DS Max, IMAGINE and XSI I noticed that they all have Y-up worlds with Z being used for depth (naturally). is there a way to make Blender a Y-up world? and ...
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How to reset the center of rotation of the 3d view when it is not the center of the view

Sometimes the 3d view rotation using the 3rd mouse button starts to rotate around an unusual point that is not very convenient. I don't know why it starts doing this, but it usually starts when I'm ...
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How do I clear the render border?

In the 3d viewport I am using a border region to only render things inside the selected region. I did this with CtrlB. I cannot get rid of the region. How can I make the border disappear?
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Where can the viewport clipping parameters be changed?

Zooming in to inspect texture details in 3D view clips some closer faces like shown in the image. It's not the camera view so changing camera settings doesn't help. Where can the distance to the ...
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Why does part of my model disappear when I zoom in on it in the 3D Viewport?

I'm having an odd issue - When I try to zoom in on a detail using my MMB, the "camera" in the 3D view seems to be cutting off the exterior surface of my object and showing me the inside instead. I'd ...
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Move 3D cursor back to center hotkey? [duplicate]

Is there a hotkey to move the 3D Cursor back to X=0 Y=0 Z=0?
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Camera to user view? [duplicate]

Let's suppose we have a medium-poly mesh, and we want to snapshot several different closeups by just flying in the camera or using the user's perspective to flyover. Is there a keyboard shortcut for ...
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How do I align the viewport to a face normal?

I would like to align the view straight on to a face, perpendicular to the normal. How do I align the 3D viewport to the face of a mesh?
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Preview rendering the current view from the viewport?

How can the current viewport view be rendered as a preview?
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What are the differences between Orthographic and Perspective views?

In risk of being off topic for broadness and discussioness... but I think in the end it's a question that can't be avoided. Can someone please finally explain the difference and why we need both?
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How to merge vertices in Blender?

I am attempting to create my first 3D character just for practice. Being one of my first 3d models I going through the learning curve needless to say. In doing so I find myself creating many extra ...
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What's the purpose of the EEVEE rendering engine?

Is it an alternative to Cycles, or just for the 3D viewport?
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How to show textures in the 3D View editor?

I have added some textures to objects in blender but the textures don't show up until I render the file. it can be difficult to know what the objects look like without rendering it. is there a way to ...
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Is there a Way to Align Camera to View and Fit the View?

Pressing Ctrl Alt NumPad 0 causes the camera to teleport over and align itself to the current view in the 3D viewport. However, it usually takes up only a small portion of the view, meaning that you ...
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Show mesh vertices ID

I am try to do something based on the ID of a vertices. I want blender to show me the vertices ID. How can I have blender show me the ID in the viewport? I do not see an option in the Mesh Display tab....
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Hiding all but the selected objects?

I was doing my best to follow this tutorial from the Blender Guru, but, alas, 8 minutes in I've run into a real spot, a few moments after this spot in the video. I can only hide the selected, not ...
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How do you return to the default view (the one you see when blender starts)?

I cannot find any menu or keys that return blender to the view that you see when you start blender. Using save close and then open again but it must be easier than that? How do you change the view ...
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How to display the edges of a mesh while in Object mode?

I sometimes like to view my models in wireframe mode, but it doesn't show individual faces, only lines representing the general formation of the object. With subdivisions (especially) this does not ...
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Zoom in and out without a mouse wheel

I am using blender on a tablet, for those times when I can't plug a mouse into the tablet, I would like to still be able to zoom in and out on the viewport. What ways are there to zoom in and out ...
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Zoom window magnification

What is the best method to get a magnification effect within an image. More specifically, I am interested in getting a portion of the image zoomed in, with a boundary and the zoom lines annotated, ...
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Material Opacity in viewport?

I'd like to do motion graphics type work in blender and it would be really helpful if I could see the results of keyframing material opacity to cut items in and out of view. Blender internal is ...
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Shadows along edges of mesh in 3D View

I have recently started using blender and one of the models I'm working on has dark shadows along edges. I started this model from scratch. I can't remember them being there when I first started the ...
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Why do the measurements of this object seem erroneous?

I just found out about the Mesh Display : Length feature in the "N" panel (thanks to this seemingly-migratable question) that allows one to measure the length of a face or vertice. But my first ...
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Blender 2.8 API, python, set active object

I'm trying to amend an addon that I made for Blender 2.7X to work with Blender 2.80. The problem is with bpy.context.scene.objects.active = some_object This is ...
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How can I control the viewport without a mouse?

Is there a way to specify the coordinates of the viewport and direction that the viewport faces without using a mouse or pointing device, in other words, by entering numbers somewhere.
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Is it possible to toggle child viewport visibility from the parent in the outliner?

Is it possible to toggle child viewport visibility from the parent object in the outliner? (Can viewport visibility be applied hierarchically?)
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How to use numpad / on a keyboard without a numpad?

I've just got into Blender, and I like it a lot. But as I just switched from a stationary computer to a MacBook, I've got some new problems regarding the numpad. I can use 1-9 perfectly, But I have no ...
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How to change the default views of quad view?

How do I change the TOP ortho view to BACK ortho view for my BACK image? check out the pic I uploaded to see what I'm talking about.
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I accidentally set an object as camera, how do I undo this?

I have a problem with rendering in cycles. In blender render my object is rendering fine, but in cycles when I pushed F12 I got only this: One more thing: when I click 0 on keyboard I'm not in camera ...
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Is there a way to disable the grid in orthographic view?

I'd like to ask about grid lines in orthographic views. Can we somehow disable them from drawing? Right now I have to turn on "Render Only" which is not the best solution.
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I can't see my background image in the 3D view

I try to set up an image as background for a basic blender tutorial, but it isn't visible. This is the image I try to have as background:
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How to set cursor location, pivot_point in script?

I am trying to set a cursor location and pivot point with bpy.types.SpaceView3D.pivot_point='CURSOR' bpy.types.SpaceView3D.cursor_location = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0) and ...
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How to show an object in the 3D View as a specific color?

This isn't about the final render using cycles, but in the 3D view when I'm in Object or Edit (or any) mode. I want to make one object in a tangled mess of object stand out as bright blue (or any ...
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Gray cone obscuring/clipping the 3D Viewport

When looking at my objects in 3d view I'm seeing a gray cone that seems to be hiding other objects. Can anyone help me turn this off and explain what it is please. Screenshots attached.
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Is there a way to assign a custom wireframe color for objects?

I deal with quite a few objects with interesting edges, and it's becoming impossible to see which element belongs to which object, when they all have the same color. Is there a way to set custom ...
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How do I center the view at the origin without moving the 3D cursor?

The shortcut I have always used to center my view is Shift +C, then Alt + Home. This moves the 3D cursor to the origin, then centers the view on the 3D cursor. However, in some situations, I want to ...
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How to make objects draw transparent/wireframe in the viewport?

I have several objects in my scene. I want all the objects to be visible so that I can see how they relate to one another, but I want to focus on just one. To do this, I'd like to make the other ...
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Show unselected vertices in UV/Image editor?

Is there a way to show all vertices (even if they're unselected in the 3D view) in the UV editor?
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Undo cursor move?

How can I undo when I move the cursor, Ctrl-Z doesn't work? I would prefer a keyboard shortcut, but any method will do, although I'd like to avoid scripts if possible.
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Making the “ruler” go along a perfectly straight line?

I am trying to figure out how I can use the Ruler in Blender as a straight line. What I mean, is that every time I use the ruler, I can never make it a perfectly straight line. The picture below shows:...
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Panning with Shift + middle mouse button stopped working

When I pan with the Shift + MMB, it doesn't work. I think I might have accidentally pressed some sort of key-shortcut. It works for other views, so it's not my mouse. What sort of shortcut could I ...
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How to lock the view to prevent rotation of the view camera?

I was wondering if it was possible to lock the view (similar to quad view), so that the view doesn't change if I accidentally bump the middle mouse button. Is there a setting I can change or a script ...
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Objects disappear when looking through camera [duplicate]

When I go to camera perspective, there are parts of my object that I can't see. I tried adding and deleting my camera a lot of times and positioning it so that the objects I would like to see on my ...
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How do I change the mode of perspective?

I'm working on a scene that, currently, is much more convenient when the view is.. not the correct perspective. There's a word for this, but I have no idea how to phrase it and my tries to look it up ...
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How do I make Front Ortho the Active Camera?

How can I render my scene so that the camera is in the same spot as the front orthographic viewport? The Front Orthographic view is exactly how I want it rendered, not by pressing NumPad 0.

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