Select the Clay tool.
Learn the basics of sculpting, and tool selection in Medium.
With features like pinch and zoom, and the ability to move and rotate your sculpt, Medium makes it easy to intuitively create organic shapes, complex characters, abstract art, and anything in between.
The Clay tool is selected by default when you start Medium. Follow the below steps to add some clay to your scene:
As you add clay (or perform other operations with different tools), you might inevitably make some mistakes. To step backward and forward through your actions:
You can undo and redo multiple actions by repeating the gestures described above.
As you work in Medium, you get used to grabbing your model and adjusting its position and orientation relative to the camera. The action makes it easier to:
To adjust the position or orientation of your sculpt:
You can also use pinch and zoom motion to move the camera closer or further from your sculpt.
To get a broader view of your model and add detail, zoom out, or zoom in on an area:
Your tool size changes relative to your pinch and zoom actions, so you do not have to resize your tool every time you adjust your point of view.
While each session starts with the Clay tool selected, Medium features an entire palette of tools. To select a different tool:
The rectangular Sculpting Modes menu below the Tool Tray is described later.
The tool preview changes to let you know that you’ve selected the new tool. Each tool has a unique tool preview. You’ll get familiar with what each tool looks like the more you use Medium.
Some sculpting tools have multiple modes. For example, if you select the Clay tool, you can switch between modes that let you either add or subtract clay.
You can use the Clay tool in subtractive mode to remove, or erase clay. To use the Clay tool in subtractive mode:
Select the Clay tool.
Add some clay to your scene.
Double tap the Gear button on the Tool hand to switch modes. The Tool preview changes to a red color.
Squeeze the trigger on the Tool hand and move the tool over part of your sculpt to remove it.
Not all tools have multiple modes. If there is only one mode for a tool, the double tap gesture has no effect. See the Medium Tools section for more information on alternate modes for specific tools.
You can change the size of your tool to better fit the scale of the sculpt or the action you want to perform. For example, you might want to increase the size of the Clay tool when you’re blocking in the volume of a sculpt, then decrease its size when adding finer detail.
There are two gestures for resizing the current tool.
After selecting your tool, follow the below steps:
For some tools (Clay, Move, Swirl, and Flatten), you can also resize the tool precisely. For more precise (but less dynamic) way of sizing the tool:
Move the Tool hand thumbstick left or right and hold while you move your hand toward or away from the starting position.
You will see the tool size preview change as you move your hand.
Release the thumbstick to set the new tool size to what you see in the preview.
Now that you have learned about Sculpting Basics in Medium, check out Tool Settings Menu next.
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