Who doesn't love secret tricks? Because Blender is a comprehensive, versatile tool, there are lots of hidden Easter eggs - sleek tools and functions that lurk beneath the visible surface.
CG Cookie shares the best tips to improve your workflow.
#1 Easily select all objects in a collection
Often you need to select all objects inside a Blender collection.
One way to do so is to move your pointer to the Outliner, right-clicking on a collection, and choosing Select Objects.
But there’s another, easier way. Just select one object in the collection, then press Shift + G for Select Grouped, and choose Collection.
Now, all objects in the same collection will be selected.
#2 Use the Scale Cage tool for flexible scaling
Scaling single or multiple objects can be a pain, especially when objects have origins/pivot points that don’t match your desired scaling center.
Since Blender 2.8 there’s a tool that’s hidden and easily forgotten: the Scale Cage tool. Here’s how to use it:
- Select one or more objects you’d like to scale.
- In the Toolbar, press and hold the Scale tool button to get a roll-out. Select the second option: Scale Cage.
- Click and drag any of the Scale Cage points to start scaling the objects from that point towards the opposite point of the cage.