Poser 8 Revealed: Editing and Posing Figures - Part 1
Using the Pose Dots
Another useful way to save a current pose without using the menus is to use the Pose Dots. The Pose Dots, shown in Figure 3-2, can be selected from the Memory Dots by selecting them from a drop-down list at the top of the palette. To remember the current pose for the selected figure, simply click on one of the empty Pose Dots. You can recall set poses at any time by clicking on the appropriate Pose Dot. Clicking on a Pose Dot with the Alt key held down (the Option key on the Mac) causes the dot to be reset.
Duplicating a Figure
To duplicate an entire figure including its expression, hair, pose, and animation keys, use the Edit, Duplicate menu command. This command always lists the figure name that you will be duplicating to help ensure that you are duplicating the correct figure. The duplicated figure appears directly on top of the original figure and one will need to be moved to reveal the other.
Position a Figure within a Scene
1. Open Poser with the default figure visible.
2. Open the Library palette and select the Poses category. Then open the Universal Poses, Business, Standing folder and locate and apply the Bsns Stand 06 pose.
3. Select the Edit, Duplicate Andy menu to create a clone of the current figure.
The duplicate figure is positioned in the same location as its original.
4. Choose the Andy 1 figure from the Figure Selection list at the top of the Document Window. Then drag the circle surrounding the figure to the right, away from its original.
5. Select the Figure, Drop to Floor menu to align the figure with the floor.
The figures are now positioned apart from one another and aligned with the ground plane, as shown in Figure 3-3.
6. Select File, Save As and save the file as Two positioned figures.pz3.
1. Select File, Open and open the Two positioned figures.pz3 file.
This file includes two separate figures positioned side by side.
2. From the Figure Selection drop-down list at the upper-left of the Document Window, select the Andy 1 option.
3. Select Edit, Memorize, Figure.
4. In the Document Window, click and drag on the circle surrounding the figure and move the figure to the right. Then select and drag one of the figure’s arms.
5. Select Edit, Restore, Figure.
The default figure is returned to its memorized position.
Set Figure Properties And Style
When a figure is selected, you can use the Properties panel of the Parameters/Properties palette, shown in Figure 3-4, to change several properties that are unique to the selected figure, such as its name and whether it is visible.
The Properties that are displayed in the Properties palette depend on the element that is selected. The figure properties will only be visible when the figure is selected.