Questions tagged [shape-keys]

Questions related to using and manipulating Shape Keys. Shape keys are used to deform objects by transforming the locations of control points over time. There are two kinds of shape keys, Relative and Absolute.

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How to make eyelids that close with a shape key?

My character is a cartoon so his eyes are larger than normal. I can make the shape key to close the eye but on the way down or up the eyeball penetrates through the eyelid. Is there no way to fix this ...
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Mirror shape keys does not work

I'm trying to model a bird following a tutorial and I'm freezed on the shape keys tool. I would like to mirror the left eyelid so that I can open the right one using the secret entry ...
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Increasing topology without affecting shape keys

I have a mesh with multiple vertex groups and shape keys, and I need to increase topology. I'm using blend4Web, which doesn't export modifiers, therefore one should apply them to realize their effect. ...
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How can I work around applying a modifier to a shape with its shape keys?

Blender says: I can't apply a modifier while it has shape keys. If I don't apply the modifier It doesn't allow an FBX export of its shape keys. So I have to delete all the shape keys apply the ...
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Muscular system in blender

I would like to know if there is a tool or an addon in Blender that can help me to create a muscular system, i.e. a way to move the mesh (like the contraction of biceps). I was watching this video ...
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Is it possible to repeat modified Shape Key actions?

so I'm trying to sync a Taurus mesh with some music to mimic the thumping of a bass and have found this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWebgsyuaNg (starts around 1:20) which describes using ...
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Driven shape key on multiple bone poses?

How can I proceed if I want the shape key to behave differently depending on the bone pose? I created one and linked it to a clavicle bone to affect it when it's rotated on z-world space(it was the ...
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What is the max length of names in Blender?

Is there any max char length of names in Blender? I'm storing node names, material names, shape key names etc in a DB and need to setup the proper max length of the DB char fields.
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How to adjust how a mesh looks in-between shape keys?

I'm just learning about shape keys. I created two shape keys, the basis one and one with the tip of the finger bent. I added the bone of the tip of the finger as a driver. It works but, the changes I ...
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Applying Mirror Modifier with Shape Keys on a rigged Model

Question: Is there a way to quickly apply a mirror modifier on a rigged character with shape keys? Story: I have a rigged game-character and use shape keys to later transit between a muscular and ...
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How can we build shape keys for protruding eyes?

I've been working on the same character for months and have finally come down to the part of facial rigging but I can't get it to close it's eyes using the shape keys, the character is simple and not ...
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Workflow for animating object inside of object? (Organic shapes…)

I'm a noob looking for best way to animate scenario below... Wrap around heart which beats. The Wrap also inflates and deflates while heart beats. I tried shapekeys, and although wrap is parented to ...
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Shape key import with unwanted rotation

When I export an obj with settings so the vertex order is intact and then import it back into Blender with import settings set so vertex order is still intact, the resulting shape key works but the ...
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Can a shape key be negative?

It seems shape keys can't manually be set to a negative number or a number larger than 1. I've even tried using a driver to drive the value of the shape key beyond either of these extremes with no ...
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Why does “sin(frame)” where frame is “1” set a shape key to 0.841 and not 0.017?

I am trying to animate a shape key oscillating between -1 and 1 by driving it with the expression "sin(frame)". I would expect that to result in the shape key value being "0" at frame 0 and 180, a ...
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Is there any way to mirror only selected parts of a shape key?

I'm modifying a model and trying to add simple expressions like blinking and etc. I'm trying to mirror a closed eye to the other side, but it causes the whole model to become symmetrical, I can't ...
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Splitting a mesh at the end of a shape key-based animation

I am using a series of absolute shape keys to progressively deform a mesh as shown below. Eventually, I want the soap bubble-like spheroid to detach from the originating plane and move away. My naive ...
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How can I interactively change the shape of a cloth?

Below is a tutorial from Marvelous Designer to fold the tie into desired shape. Is it possible to do it in blender?
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How to export a scene with Shape Keys Animation?

I have a scene with the cloth simulation, turned into shape key animation, using this method: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?387461-Bake-Cloth-to-game-engine How to export the scene ...
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Animating grouped meshes with shape keys

I have designed a model composed of multiple meshes (a palmtree with a trunk and some large leaves) and would now like to animate it using shape keys. I parented those under an Empty so that I can ...
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How to bake object with cloth simulation and subsurf (not applied)? Having trouble using .mdd method

I need to transfer Blender scene with cloth simulation to Maya and Houdini. In addition to cloth simulation, I used subsurf (not applied), after cloth modifer. And if I apply the subsurf, the cloth ...
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Making a shape key with a value that is the average of other shape keys

I have an object called "Template" and it has several shape keys, one of which is called "Speaking". Another is called "[AVERAGE]", which I want to be the value of the average of all its other shape ...
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Morphing between two mesh objects

I have a double curved mesh, which I UV unwrapped, exported as SVG, imported back into Blender, cleaned up, and scaled up to achieve an unrolled, flat mesh. How could the original mesh be morphed into ...
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Best way to make a transformer with a car, so use the shape keys or use the armature for parenting?

I'd like to make a transformer. I start with a car. There are three ways of doing this: using shape keys (my car consists of one object, but more than a single mesh) and keyframe the influences use ...
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How to disable/enable multiple shapekeys visibility?

I have over 300 shapekeys added to my mesh. How can I disable and enable the visibility for all of them using scripting?
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Blender shape keys aren't animating properly

I am trying to animate a hinged lid so that the hinge will not poke through the bottom, and that it will also properly show itself. I followed many tutorials word-for-word, but when I do what they do, ...
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How to set a random value for only visible shape keys?

My question is related to my previous asked one: How to set a random value for multiple shape keys? I want to set the random values for only visible shapekeys. Is it possible using scripting? I ...
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How to set a random value for multiple shape keys?

My question is related to my previous asked one: How to set a specific value for multiple shape keys? I have about 300 shapekeys and want to set the random value for all of them . How to do it using ...
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Apply *Relative* Shape Key to another mesh?

I haven't started yet, but I'm asking now in case it affects my workflow. I plan to rig a male/female character, and use shape-keys to deal with the problem joints (shoulders/hips). I understand ...
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Map shape keys to the 0 - 1 range

I am importing my blender models to Unity and Unity only accepts shape keys in the 0-1 range (no negative values or values greater than 1). I have a model that has shape keys outside of the 0-1 min/...
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Armature deformation behaviour with shape keys

I have a gum squeeze bulb rigged with an armature (simple two bones), when I turn the bone the top of the bulbs vertex group is attached to I get a nice bending of the whole bulb. Please see the ...
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Boolean intersect with all shape keys of target object

I have two objects, one lying inside the other, such that the outer object is like some kind of shell surrounding the inner one. I have a boolean difference modifier set to the outer object, its ...
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How can I bake vertex animation into keyframes, but make sure that there aren't any duplicate keyframes

I've seen a sweet technique for baking vertex animation to keyframes by means of creating a shape key for every frame and keying the shape key to come on at the right time. An awesome user on this ...
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How to get vertex normals from a shape-key in Python?

I'm trying to create an exporter for a format, which includes shape key support. This format requires both vertex coordinates and normals to be specified. This should be logical, because the vertex ...
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Is it possible to create duplicates of a mesh, that can be deformed and used as blendshape targets?

As the title says, is it possible to create duplicates of a mesh, that can be deformed and used as blendshape targets in blender? like this: edit: Here is a nifty little script to deform the base ...
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Blender and three.js Exporter?

I am using Blender 2.69 in Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit and Three.js Exporter. While exporting shapekeys and keyframe animation using three.js exporter ,the exporting works fine.But unable to animate the ...
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Morphing between two different curves or meshes via shapekeys

I've imported two .svg's from illustrator to blender that I would like to be able to morph between with shapekeys. There's a screenshot of the .svg's below. Blender imports each letter as an ...
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Apply a modifier as a shapekey into existing shapekey or merge shapekeys?

I am making a shapekey of a model shrinkwrapped to another model. The shrinkmap modifier is too inaccurate to wrap to the model alone. So, my first step was to roughly hand position the geometry ...
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How can I scale a set of vertices to the size of another set of vertices?

I have a mesh that is shaped like a frame. Basically I cut a hole in a plane by selecting knife project in edit mode. Now I would like to animate this mesh with the help of shape keys. I want to take ...
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“Add driver” not on menu

I'm trying to add a driver to a shape key but when I right click on the value line, the menu skips "Add Driver" and goes from "Insert Keyframe", "Clear Keyframe", to "Add to Keying Set". I have ...
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How do I select a vertex in edit mode

I've imported an stl into blender, and I'm trying to create morph targets. For some reason, when I go into edit mode, I can't select the vertex. When I click the window it just moves the crosshair ...
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What is this Shape Key Icon referencing?

What is this Shape Key Icon referencing in the Outliner? Is it the name for the Shape Key data set?
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Can I copy shape keys from one model to another in separate files?

I'm setting up model bases and don't want to do all the shape keys all over again. I have them all done for the female base and want to copy them over to the male base. They have pretty similar vertex ...
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Is it possible to combine shape key values from different objects?

I have several objects in the scene, each of them has few shape keys. All shape key values change simultaneously with the same value. Every time I need to keyframe the animation I have to go to every ...
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Controlling drivers with data received via TCP/UDP

For a project I need to drive shape keys with data received via a network connection. In my setup I receive input form a TouchOSC app running on an iPad into PureData on a Mac. The input data then is ...
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How to set a specific value for multiple shape keys?

I have about 300 shapekeys and want set all of them to value 0.5 or 1. Is there a fast way to do it?
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How do I delete one single shape key?

So I added a shape key, but later I had no use for it so I decided to delete it. So I went to the Blender wiki and read the shape key article, which clearly stated "The "X" button: It allows you to ...
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How do I chain shape keys?

I need to animate a multi step change in a mesh like this I set a shape key for the base and then step 2 fine but when I used new shape key from mix it applied ...
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Several shape keys blocking mesh face trasformation?

I newly started using shape keys to create an animation, which is just a cube wobbling on the spot, the first shape key that I applied was the top face of the cube rotating slightly, and to this point ...
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Can I implement the lattice deformation to an animation? [closed]

I need help. I have a weapon I've created comprised of 5 parts. One of the parts has a lattice with 2 shapekeys. I haven't yet hit apply on the lattice modifier, but it still affects my object. I have ...

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