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05-01-2011, 11:23 AM
What is function of Parent in Place in layout? I have used it at times because tutorials instruct to use it or not to use it, but they do not explain why!...I would like to know when to use it and when not to use "Parent in Place"!

05-01-2011, 11:59 AM
co-ords in LW are stored in parent space... how far something is positioned (or rotated) from its parent item. Parent in place lets one item be reparented to another whilst maintaining its current world position, with it off, it keeps its current co-ord values as relative to the new parent, thereby shifting its position in world space (unless the new parent was already at the exact same location as the previous parent, or at 0,0,0 if there was no previous parent).

05-01-2011, 12:44 PM
That's the first big concept to grasp when using Parent in Place (PiP).

More advanced:
What's really confusing/useful is when you UNparent an object. Depending on how PiP is set, UNparenting can cause your object to move or not to move. This behaviour can be used to your advantage when you need to align something perfectly, but don't want it parented to the alignment object, eg placing goals perfectly at the base of a bone.