To create shapes from scratch or from existing shapes, here’s a quick overview of the steps required. See below for more details on each step.
If you have existing shape animation on an object in an unsupported shape instancing mode for the shape manager (Instance only, Standard transition, or Cardinal transition — see ), you need to first delete any shape clips on the object before you can use the shape manager.
You can delete the shape clip directly in the animation mixer or in the explorer under the model’s Mixer > Tracks > Shape > Shape Track number > Clip list folder.
Click the Update icon in the shape manager after you’ve deleted the clips.
To create shapes
1. With an object selected, select a shape in the shape list.
If the selected object doesn’t have any shapes yet, click the shape named Shape.
2. Do one of the following to first copy the shape:
• Click the Duplicate button in the shape manager’s menu bar.
• Choose Edit > Duplicate from the shape manager menu bar.
• Right-click a shape in the shape list and choose Duplicate.
This makes a copy of the selected shape and adds it to the bottom of the shape list. The name of the original shape is used and has a number appended to it (for example, smirk becomes smirk1). It’s a good idea to rename the shape as you like (see).
3. Deform the object or its clusters into a new shape.
4. Repeat these three steps to create a library of different shapes for this object.
5. Click the Animate tab in the shape manager where you can set keys for each shape’s weight. Seefor information.
What Happens When You Create Shapes in the Shape Manager?
When you create a new shape in the shape manager, a shape key is added to the object’s Mixer > Sources > Shape list in the same as if you stored a shape key with the Store and Apply Shape Key command (see). As with this command, shape clips are created for the object in the animation mixer.
The shape is immediately applied to the object in Blended Weight mode (see). Blended Weight mode is like Mixed Weight mode in that it creates shape clips that cover the whole length of the scene; however, Blended Weight mode doesn’t automatically create fcurves for the shape’s weights.
When you’re using the shape manager, the Construction Mode (see) automatically changes depending on what you’re doing:
• If you’re creating or modifying shapes, it switches to Shape Modeling.
• If you’re creating or modifying a shape on an enveloped object, it switches to Secondary Shape.
• If you’re modifying the Base Shape, it switches to Modeling.
When you’re updating referenced models with shapes created in the shape manager, make sure to select the Recorded/Applied Modifications > Animation Mixer option and Mixer Modifications > Shape option in the delta’s property page to keep any shape animation changes. Even though it is not obvious, the shape manager is still using the animation mixer under the hood.
To rename a shape
Do one of the following:
• Select a shape in the shape list, choose Edit > Rename Selected from the shape manager menu bar, then enter a new name and press Enter.
• You can also rename shapes in the shape list in the same way as other elements in the explorer. See[ ].
To delete a shape
Select a shape from the shape list, then do one of the following:
• Click the Delete button on the shape manager menu bar.
• Press the Delete key.
• Right-click a shape and choose Delete.
• Choose Edit > Delete Selected from the shape manager menu bar.
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