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mabaza
09-20-2005, 06:24 PM
Hi all,

If you have an object that is not perfectly parallel to either the x,y, or z axes, how would you go about stretching it without deforming its general shape? I've tried Center Stretch but can't figure out which axis to choose since my mesh is not parallel to any of them. My workaround thus far has been to rotate my mesh so that it is again parallel to an axis, perform my stretch, and then to re-rotate it.....but there has got to be a better way. :help:


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KillMe
09-20-2005, 07:00 PM
use c-plane plugin ( can find it on flay ) - create a poly from a the ring so you have a nice flat one or use any poly that if was rotated flat coudl sit on one of teh 3 axis - personally i would loop select and ring of points make a poly from them run c-plane on that poly delte the poly and then stretch the object to however big you want then reset the workplane

mabaza
09-21-2005, 01:41 AM
This looks promising! :thumbsup: Thanks!

Karmacop
09-21-2005, 08:22 AM
Don't forget translate plus. It comes with Lightwave and is very useful. Proton should do a video tutorial on it.

mabaza
09-21-2005, 11:53 AM
KarmaCop,

Translate plus has been a lesson in frustration for me. I get the sense that it could do a lot for me, if only the understood how to use it. The LW documentation in this regard needs some serious help. The biggest problem I have with this tool is that it doesnt seem to remember/store the settings from the last time I used it. It always reverts back to the default options... :cursin:

kcole
09-21-2005, 05:01 PM
To use TranslatePlus for this, activate it and open the numeric panel. From there, select operation Scale On Axis, and Axis of Segment Norm. Then, left click on one point and right click on a second point. The two points should form a line that's perpendicular to the axis you'd like to scale against. Ideally, you should also set them at the center of the desired scale, but you can always translate later.

Quick example (Please feel free to correct any mistakes or add tips):
Object to scale:
http://static.intervocative.com/kcole/TP1.jpg
TranslatePlus after options set:
http://static.intervocative.com/kcole/TP2.jpg
Select the points perpendicular to the desired scale axis:
http://static.intervocative.com/kcole/TP3.jpg
Once the points are set, the scale axis shows:
http://static.intervocative.com/kcole/TP4.jpg
Click and drag to scale:
http://static.intervocative.com/kcole/TP5.jpg

Karmacop
09-21-2005, 07:08 PM
KarmaCop,

Translate plus has been a lesson in frustration for me. I get the sense that it could do a lot for me, if only the understood how to use it. The LW documentation in this regard needs some serious help. The biggest problem I have with this tool is that it doesnt seem to remember/store the settings from the last time I used it. It always reverts back to the default options... :cursin:

I know what you mean, I've been playing with it a little bit each day for a week and I think I finally have it :p Going back to the defaults is annoying, but I think it needs to incase you have the points used for an axis since the last time you used it. Anyway, take a little time to play around with it and you wont regret it :)

Awsome kcole, exactly what you need to do :)