Selection Rollout (Edit Poly Modifier)
 
 
 
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Select an Edit Poly object. Modify panel Selection rollout

The Selection rollout provides tools for accessing different sub-object levels and display settings and for creating and modifying selections. It also displays information about selected entities.

When you first access the Modify panel with an Edit Poly object selected, you're at the Object level, with several functions available as described in Edit Poly (Object). You can toggle the various sub-object levels and access relevant functions by clicking the buttons at the top of the Selection rollout.

Clicking a button here is the same as choosing a sub-object type in the modifier stack display. Click the button again to turn it off and return to the Object selection level.

Converting Sub-object Selections

You can convert sub-object selections in three different ways with the use of the Ctrl and Shift keys:

Note

Conversion commands are also available from the quad menu.

Interface

Vertex

Accesses the Vertex sub-object level, which lets you select a vertex beneath the cursor; region selection selects vertices within the region.

Edge

Accesses the Edge sub-object level, which lets you select a polygon edge beneath the cursor; region selection selects multiple edges within the region.

Border

Accesses the Border sub-object level, which lets you select a sequence of edges that borders a hole in the mesh. A border comprises only connected edges with faces on only one side of them, and is always a complete loop. For example, a default box primitive doesn't have a border, but the teapot object has a couple of them: one each on the lid, the body, and the spout, and two on the handle. If you create a cylinder and delete one end, the row of edges around that end forms a border.

When Border sub-object level is active, you can't select edges that aren't on borders. Clicking a single edge on a border selects that whole border.

You can cap a border, either with the Cap function or by applying the Cap Holes modifier. You can also connect borders between objects with the Connect compound object.

Note

The Edge and Border sub-object levels are compatible, so if you go from one to the other, any existing selection is retained.

Polygon

Accesses the Polygon sub-object level, which lets you select polygons beneath the cursor. Region selection selects multiple polygons within the region.

Element

Accesses the Element sub-object level, which lets you select all contiguous polygons in an object. Region selection lets you select multiple elements.

Note

The Polygon and Element sub-object levels are compatible, so if you go from one to the other, any existing selection is retained.

Use Stack Selection

When on, Edit Poly automatically uses any existing sub-object selection passed up the stack, and prevents you from manually changing the selection.

By Vertex

When on, you can select sub-objects only by selecting a vertex that they use. When you click a vertex, all sub-objects that use the selected vertex are selected.

Not available at the Vertex sub-object level.

Ignore Backfacing

When on, selection of sub-objects affects only those facing you. When off (the default), you can select any sub-object(s) under the mouse cursor, regardless of their visibility or facing. If there are more than one sub-object under the cursor, repeated clicking cycles through them. Likewise, with Ignore Backfacing off, region selection includes all sub-objects, regardless of the direction they face.

NoteThe state of the Backface Cull setting on the Display panel does not affect sub-object selection. Thus, if Ignore Backfacing is off, you can still select sub-objects even if you can't see them.
By Angle

When on, selecting a polygon also selects neighboring polygons based on the angle setting to the right of the check box. This value determines the maximum angle between neighboring polygons to select. Available only at the Polygon sub-object level.

For example, if you click a side of a box and the angle value is less than 90.0, only that side is selected, because all sides are at 90-degree angles to each other. But if the angle value is 90.0 or greater, all sides of the box are selected. This function speeds up selection of contiguous areas made up of polygons that are at similar angles to one another. You can select coplanar polygons with a single click at any angle value.

Shrink

Reduces the sub-object selection area by deselecting the outermost sub-objects. If the selection size can no longer be reduced, the remaining sub-objects are deselected.

Grow

Expands the selection area outward in all available directions.

For this function, a border is considered to be an edge selection.

With Shrink and Grow, you can add or remove neighboring elements from the edges of your current selection. This works at any sub-object level.

Ring

Expands an edge selection by selecting all edges parallel to the selected edges. Ring applies only to edge and border selections.

Tip You can select an edge ring quickly by selecting an edge and then Shift+clicking another edge in the same ring.

Ring selection adds to the selection all the edges that are parallel to the ones selected originally.

TipAfter making a ring selection, you can use Connect to subdivide the associated polygons into new edge loops.
[Ring Shift]

The spinner next to the Ring button lets you move the selection in either direction to other edges in the same ring; that is, to neighboring, parallel edges. If you have a loop selected, you can use this function to select a neighboring loop. Applies only to Edge and Border sub-object levels.

Left: Original loop selection

Upper right: Ring Shift up moves selection outward (from center of model).

Lower right: Ring Shift down moves selection inward (toward center of model).

To expand the selection in the chosen direction, Ctrl+click the up or down spinner button. To shrink the selection in the chosen direction, Alt+click the up or down spinner button.

NoteWhen the Select And Manipulate tool is active at the Edge sub-object level, the caddy appears in the viewport with a control for Ring Shift: .

For instructions for using the caddy, see The Caddy Interface.

Loop

Expands an edge selection as far as possible, in alignment with selected edges.

Loop selection propagates only through four-way junctions.

Tip You can select a loop quickly at any sub-object level except Element by selecting a sub-object and then Shift+clicking another sub-object in the same loop.

Loop selection extends your current edge selection by adding all the edges aligned to the ones selected originally.

[Loop Shift]

The spinner next to the Loop button lets you move the selection in either direction to other edges in the same loop; that is, to neighboring, aligned edges. If you have a ring selected, you can use this function to select a neighboring ring. Applies only to Edge and Border sub-object levels.

Left: Original ring selection

Upper right: Loop Shift up moves selection outward.

Lower right: Loop Shift down moves selection inward.

To expand the selection in the chosen direction, Ctrl+click the up or down spinner button. To shrink the selection in the chosen direction, Alt+click the up or down spinner button.

NoteWhen the Select And Manipulate tool is active at the Edge sub-object level, the caddy appears in the viewport with a control for Loop Shift: .

For instructions for using the caddy, see The Caddy Interface.

Get Stack Selection

Replaces the current selection with the sub-object selection passed up the stack. You can then modify this selection using standard methods.

If no selection exists in the stack, all sub-objects are unselected.

Preview Selection

This option lets you preview a sub-object selection before committing to it. You can preview at the current sub-object level, or switch sub-object levels automatically based on the mouse position. The choices are:

  • OffNo preview is available.
  • SubObjEnables previewing at the current sub-object level only. As you move the mouse over the object, the sub-object under the cursor highlights in yellow. To select the highlighted object, click the mouse.

    To select multiple sub-objects at the current level, press and hold Ctrl, move the mouse to highlight more sub-objects, and then click to select all highlighted sub-objects.

    Polygon sub-object selection preview with Ctrl held down

    To deselect multiple sub-objects at the current level, press and hold Ctrl+Alt, move the mouse to highlight more sub-objects, and then click a selected sub-object. This deselects all highlighted sub-objects.

  • MultiWorks like SubObj, but also switches among the Vertex, Edge, and Polygon sub-object levels on the fly, based on the mouse position. For example, if you position the mouse over an edge, the edge highlights, and then clicking activates the Edge sub-object level and selects the edge.

    To select multiple sub-objects of the same type, press and hold Ctrl after highlighting a sub-object, move the mouse to highlight more sub-objects, and then click to activate that sub-object level and select all highlighted sub-objects.

    To deselect multiple sub-objects at the current sub-object level, press and hold Ctrl+Alt, move the mouse to highlight more sub-objects, and then click a selected sub-object. This deselects all highlighted sub-objects. Note that this method does not switch sub-object levels.

NoteWhen Ignore Backfacing is off, you’ll see backfacing vertices and edges highlight while previewing a sub-object selection.

Selection Information

At the bottom of the Selection rollout is a text display giving information about the current selection. If 0 or more than one sub-object is selected, the text gives the number and type selected; for example, “4 Polygons Selected.” If one sub-object is selected, the text gives the identification number and type of the selected item; for example, “Polygon 73 Selected.”

When using Preview Selection, a second line gives additional information about the identity or number of highlighted sub-objects.