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Scene Organization Tips1:59 with Jason Baskin
The Layer Editor offers yet another way to organize a scene, allowing us to easily lock or hide a selection of objects.
Important Commands and Hotkeys:
- The Layer Editor icon with the blue circle creates a new display layer and assigns the selected geometry to that layer.
- The Layer Editor icon with the blue plus symbol creates a new empty display layer.
- The Layer Editor icons with up and down arrows are used to re-order the list of display layers.
- Clicking the far left display layer square toggles visibility (“V”).
- Clicking the far right display layer square switches from standard display, to template display (“T”), and then to reference display (“R”).
One final organizational tool that we'll cover in this course
is Maya's layer editor.
The layer editor offers yet another way to organize a scene,
allowing us to easily lock or hide a selection of objects.
As mentioned earlier, the layer editor is in the lower right corner of the Maya UI.
To create a new display layer, just select one or more objects, then click on
the create layer button, the blue circle over a white plane on the far right.
A new display layer will appear that contains the selected items.
This layer can be renamed by double-clicking on the layer,
then entering a new name in the edit layer pop-up window and
clicking the save button.
The layer of visibility may be turned on and
off by clicking on the letter V to the far left of the layer name.
When the layer is visible, we can click on the far right box to set the layer to T
for template mode, a gray wireframe display that can't be selected, or
we can click again to set the layer to reference mode,
which looks like a standard object in shaded mode but is also locked and
displays black edges when we press four to enter wireframe mode.
Clicking on this box a third time will return us to a standard selection mode.
The letter p relates to animation playback and isn't important for this course.
You can also create empty layers by clicking on the icon with the blue
You can create as many display layers as you need and
reassign objects to different layers by selecting the geometry,
right-clicking on a layer, and choosing add or remove selected objects.
And we can reorder the layer list by clicking on the icons with the blue up and
Finally, the color of wireframe display for each layer can be modified
by double-clicking on the layer name to bring up the layer editor again and
choosing a color from the picker at the bottom of the window.
The layer editor is a very handy tool for
managing the display of complex models with a large number of separate pieces.
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