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Thinking Outside the Box:
3DS Tutorial #1: CyberGuy

Vol. 2, Issue 13 
February 23, 2000 

And ctrl-R to rotate around, checking your mapped rectangle.† Cool.† Now we have to slide it back along the Y axis so itís off the construction plane when we make our lines.† Iíve bound the G key to toggle the construction grid on and off.† For me the grid gets distracting so I keep it off most of the time.† In this case, though we need to see the construction plane.† So hit the F6 key which restricts movement for the object along the Y axis.† Right click over the object and select Move.

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Now put the move icon over the object, hold down the left mouse button and drag your mouse to the right, sliding the rectangle back along the Y.† Move it about 10 units back.

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An alternate, more accurate way to do this is to right-click over the Select and Move icon at the top of the menu.† This brings up the Move Transform Type-In menu where precise values can be entered.† This menu is also available for the Select and Rotate and Select and Scale icons.† Go ahead and bring it up for the move tool and type in 0, 10 and 50.† This centers it in the X, pushes it back 10 along the Y and centers it on the Z.

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Hit F, zoom extents and hide your grid.† If you donít want to bind the Show Grid option to the G key like I did then go to the menu and turn it off manually.

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If you donít know how to bind a key to an action, check this.† Go to File/PreferencesÖ

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Click on Keyboard.† Under the Command list scroll down to Display Grids (toggle).† Click over to where it says Shortcut and enter the letter G in the blank space or hit Press Key and hit the G key.†

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Hit OK and youíve bound the G key to the grid show/no show.† Back to cyberguyÖ

Go to the Shapes tab, hit Line and knock your steps down to 0.

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Start with the shoulder pad and trace the triangle.† Click Yes when youíre prompted to "Close Spline?"

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Go ahead and trace the rest of the black lines.† Pay careful attention around the hand so none of the lines overlap.† Right click to break off contact when making the open shapes of the abdomen area.† Also put your cursor at the upper left corner of the square around his head, hold down ctrl and click drag a rectangle to make that shape a perfect square.† You should end up with something like this:

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To make things easier, letís consolodate all the lines into one shape.† Select the shoulder shape.† Go to the Modify panel, hit Attach Multiple and hit All in the Attach Multiple dialog box.†

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