Shape keys are the Blender vertex animation tools, allowing you to create a fleshy and dynamic looking animation.
- I like to separate the two types of rigging … into more rigid mature bones and joints … and organic which are shape keys. … Shape keys allow you to animate vertices directly … to a certain extent. … Let me show you, … in this object data tab, you can go ahead … and hide the Vertex Group by clicking on it. … If this area is not open, … you can just click open shape keys … and click the plus button twice. … The first time it'll create a basis shape key. … That'll be like our main or root shape key, … next, you'll see a Key 1. … This will be our new shape key … that we can adjust and play with. … From here, I can hit tab to go into Edit Mode … and change any of the vertices I want in any way. … So for example, I can go ahead and grab some of this mouth. … So let's hit C, there we go … and just paint a little bit. … I can also turn on X Mirror … that might make our lives a little easier. … Do you know what? … Since all of these bone weights are in the way, … let's go ahead and click on the Armature …
Skill Level Beginner
1. Learn Blender in Under an Hour
2. Modeling and Sculpting
3. Textures and Shading
4. Create Animations
5. Particles, Forces, and Fire
6. Putting It All Together
7. Advanced Techniques
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