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Chrizzz
01-05-2009, 07:58 PM
Hi guys,

total newbie question - haven't used the program for more than a week but went through most tutorials and am still missing some clarification on this:

1. I create my objects usually from several smaller objects that I then merge together. So, as a very simple example, lets say I have created two boxes in modeler in the same layer that are only spaced apart on the x axis. How can I now move either box A towards box B (or vice versa) so that the two sides that are facing each other are completely lined up (for merging, etc.)? I can zoom in and magnify to the um's but there's got to be a quicker solution that I just can't find.

2. Problem 1 above leads me to the question if I am using Modeler correctly. I come more from the CAD side where we created one large object out of tons of smaller ones. Is this the right way to go in Modeler or do most people just shape and transform a primitive to get to the final result? Maybe that's the reason why I can't find an align function other than "aligner".

I'm teaching myself LW3D by creating a 3D model of our house. So, I created a floor, now have walls to set on top that I eventually want to merge with the floor. I'm just not sure if I am doing the right thing... maybe somebody can point me the right direction.

Sorry for such a novice question here but I got to start somehow.

Thanks,
Chrizzz

skywalker113
01-05-2009, 08:13 PM
With the 1st problem you had, I would select both of the polygons that are faceing each other and use the stretch tool to move them together. Then I would delete the polygons and merge the points together.

JeffrySG
01-05-2009, 08:33 PM
The aligner you're looking for is here:
http://www.artssphere.com/plugins/alignanddistribute.php
it's a free plugin that I use all the time, which was written by art from the forums here.

LW takes a bit of getting used to from other apps. especially because there is not object selection mode. But there is no one correct way to build anything and LW is flexible enough to let you accomplish the same thing many ways. Once you get the hang of a few of the LW-traits I'm sure you'll be up and running in no time.

Until then don't worry about asking stupid questions. This is a friendly place and you are sure to get some help. Just ask specific questions and post pics of trouble areas if possible.

You might want to look at the snapdrag tool for moving objects to specific points, etc.
ftp://ftp.newtek.com/multimedia/movies/w3dw/Drag.mov

If you have not found them yet be sure to look through this thread and go through all the great videos:
http://newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77002

this one too:
http://newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90089

They cover many of the tools that you might not be familiar with as well as a ton of other topics!

RudySchneider
01-05-2009, 08:41 PM
I think you'll find that most people model in layers. That is, a single object may actually be made up of several pieces on several layers. And, aside from Modeler's built-in tools and plugins, you'll find that many LightWavers offer free plugins they've created that can help aligning your pieces. For instance, I highly recommend Pictrix's SpMove (http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Sp_Move/), which is excellent for aligning a foreground layer to background layer.