If you need to match
a contiguous selection of texture vertices to an outline in a bitmap,
whether an irregular shape, a straight line, or a geometric shape,
you can use the Sketch tool to perform the operation quickly, rather
than dragging the vertices one at a time.
Example: To sketch texture vertices free form:
You can start with the
vertices already selected, or use the Sketch tool to select them.
In this example, we'll assume the latter.
- Choose Sketch Vertices.
- In the Sketch Tool dialog, next to Select
By, choose Drag Selection, if necessary.
- Next to Align To, choose Free Form, if
- Make sure Show Vertex Order and Interactive
Mode are turned on. Leave Drag Cursor Size at the default setting.
- Click OK to close the dialog.
The mouse cursor takes
the form of a circle, which means you're in “drag select” mode.
- In the editor window, drag the cursor
over the vertices to select, and then release the mouse button.
As you drag, each vertex
is assigned a consecutive number. When you release the mouse button,
the cursor turns into a pencil, which means you're in “sketch” mode.
NoteBefore you start
sketching, each successive mouse click alternates between drag and
- In the editor window, drag a wavy line.
The selected vertices
follow the line in numeric order, spreading out evenly over its
length. To start the sketch over, release the mouse button, and
then drag again.
Alternatively, if you
press and hold Alt, and then
press and release the mouse button, you'll draw a straight line
by moving the mouse. Click and move again to draw connected straight-line
You can combine free-form
and straight-line sketching freely:
- To append a free-form line to a straight-line
segment, release the Alt key
and then begin dragging.
- To append a straight-line segment to
a free-form line, press and hold Alt as
you drag, and then release the mouse button and move the mouse.
- To exit the Sketch tool, right-click
in the editor window.
- Select by
Lets you choose how to select
the vertices to sketch:
- Pick SelectionLets
you pick the vertices one by one. When you click OK, a Pick cursor
appears comprising a + sign and the letter P; when the cursor is
over a vertex, the + sign becomes larger. To finish picking, right-click,
and then drag to sketch. After sketching, you return to Pick mode,
and so on. To exit, right-click.
- Drag SelectionLets
you pick multiple vertices by dragging. When you click OK, the mouse
cursor appears as a circle. After you drag to select vertices, release
the mouse button, and then drag (or Alt+click)
to sketch. As with Pick Selection, the mouse cursor continues to
alternate between Select and Sketch modes until you right-click
- Use Current SelectionUses
the current selection; you cannot change the selection while using
the tool. If the current selection is edges or faces, Sketch uses
all vertices attached to selected sub-objects.
- Align To
Lets you choose how to sketch:
- Free FormDrag
to sketch free form (like drawing with a pencil), or Alt+click to sketch connected
- LineDrag to
sketch a single, straight line segment.
- BoxDrag diagonally
to sketch a rectangle.
- CircleDrag outward
to sketch a circle, and then move the mouse in a circle to rotate
- Show Vertex Order
Displays numbered labels that
indicate the order in which vertices were selected and will spread
out during sketching.
- Interactive Mode
Shows vertex positioning as
you sketch. Turn off for faster feedback.
- Drag Cursor Size
Sets the size of the
mouse cursor used while dragging a selection. Default=8. Range=1
Accepts the changes and closes
Undoes any changes and closes
- Set As Default
Makes the current settings
the defaults for the current session.