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Posing Body Parts

Use the Body tab to pose the main body parts. To pose a part, simply click one of the dots to activate it. The dot “lights up” when it is selected. After you select a part, you simply drag your mouse up, down, left, or right over the dot and you’ll see the body part move in response to your mouse movements.

Click on the Hands or Head icons to switch to the tabs for those body parts. Once on one of these tabs, click on the Figure icon to return to the main Body tab.

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The icons at the bottom of the Body tab give you a visual indication of the mouse button you should click and the direction you should move the mouse to rotate a body part in any given direction. For example, when you look at the mouse icons in the figure shown below, you see that if you left-click your mouse and drag left to right you will rotate the selected body part along the Y-axis. Pay attention to these icons, as the displays change depending on the body part you select, and the axis on which the body part is aligned by default:

For the Body (which selects the entire figure for rotation), click the posing point in the lower-right corner of the Body tab, and then use your mouse in the following manner:

  • Left-click and drag the mouse left or right to rotate along the Y axis
  • Right-click and drag the mouse left or right to rotate along the Z axis
  • Left or right-click and drag the mouse up or down to rotate along the X axis

For the Hip (the root part of the figure):

  • Left-click and drag the mouse left or right to rotate along the Y axis
  • Right-click and drag the mouse left or right to rotate along the Z axis
  • Left or right-click and drag the mouse up or down to rotate along the X axis

For the majority of body parts (Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Hands, Buttocks, Thighs, and Toes), the following processes are used:

  • Left-click and drag the mouse left or right to Twist the body part
  • Right-click and drag the mouse left or right to move the body part Up or Down
  • Left or right-click and drag the mouse up or down to Twist the body part

For the Collars:

  • Left-click and drag the mouse left or right to move the body part Front to Back
  • Right-click and drag the mouse left or right to move the body part Side-to-Side
  • Left or right-click and drag the mouse up or down to Bend the body part

For the Shoulders:

  • Left-click and drag the mouse left or right to move the body part Front to Back
  • Right-click and drag the mouse left or right to move Twist the body part
  • Left or right-click and drag the mouse up or down to Bend the body part

For the Forearms:

  • Left-click and drag the mouse left or right to Bend the body part
  • Right-click and drag the mouse left or right to move the body part Side-to-Side
  • Left or right-click and drag the mouse up or down to Twist the body part

For the Feet:

  • Left-click and drag the mouse left or right to move the body part Side-to-Side
  • Right-click and drag the mouse left or right to Twist the body part
  • Left or right-click and drag the mouse up or down to Bend the body part

When positioning a figure, it is helpful to keep a few things in mind:

  • Always check your poses from more than one camera angle. Take the time to select another camera and move it around. This ensures that you have the figure right where you want it, and provides a better view of what you’re doing.
  • You can always Undo one or more actions if things don’t go the way you anticipated, so feel free to experiment.
  • PowerPose is fairly resource-intensive. You may want to move the mouse more slowly on older systems, as there may be some lag.
  • You can always use PowerPose to help you get your figure into a rough position, and then fine-tune it later by working with individual bones. Conversely, you can use it to create something natural and unique. The choice is yours.

If you want to start all over again, click the Reset Pose button in any of the PowerPose tabs to return the figure to its default position.

Note graphic NOTE! If your figure truly is distorted beyond all recognition, you always have the option of using the Reset Pose button, which appears at the top of the Body, Head, and Hands Tabs. However, keep in mind that the Reset Pose button will return the entire figure to its default position, regardless of the tab it appears in. In other words, the Reset Pose button in the Hands tab does not only reset the hand pose, and the Reset Pose button in the Head tab does not only reset the Head pose. Fortunately, the Edit > Undo command gives you a way back out of the Reset Pose command if you change your mind afterward.