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Warp tool

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Use the Warp tool to drag, twist, and stretch clay. The Warp tool is helpful both when blocking out to create base forms and shapes, and for making small adjustments later in the creative process.

The Warp tool is particularly powerful in VR due to the 6 degrees of freedom (6dof) afforded by VR controllers. However desktop controls often allow more precise control, so whether you use the Warp tool on desktop or in VR depends on your particular needs.


Turn Single mode off with the Warp tool to make the Warp tool behave like a snake hook. With Single mode off, the Warp tool allows you to distort the surface of clay, or drag away from a surface to create tendrils. 

Warp tool parameters

Brush Shape

Select the base shape for the brush

The Warp tool currently only has three brush shapes available - sphere, cube, and capsule. These do not currently have individual parameters available.


Modify the size of the brush

Increase or decrease the size of the brush. Very large brush sizes may cause a delay between adding clay and the clay appearing.

Adjust falloff of the warp effect

Hardness determines how much the strength of the brush falls off near the edge of the brush. A low hardness value means that the edge of the warped area will connect more smoothly with the rest of your clay.

Control the amplitude of Warp tool strokes Strength modifies the impact of the Warp tool. A low strength value can be useful for finer control, while a high strength value causes clay to follow the cursor more closely.

Falloff curve

Change the behavior of the Warp tool.

The falloff curve determines how the Warp tool affects the clay, so different falloff curves can produce very different results with the same movement. 

  • Smooth step: A smooth transition from the center of the brush towards it's edge, but with a noticeable step at the edge.
  • Smooth: A fully smooth transition with no noticeable stepping.
  • Smooth out: The warp effect maintains it's strength towards the edge of the brush, but is still otherwise smooth.
  • Sharp: The warp effect is strongest at the exact center of the brush and then falls away sharply to create a point.
  • Linear: The warp effect falls off constantly from it's maximum at the center of the brush to having no effect at the edge of the brush. Tis also creates a point, but with a noticeable step at the edge of the warped surface.
Toggle between Single and Continuous modes With Single mode turned off, the Warp tool applies continuously as you move the brush. With Single mode off, the Warp tool behaves like a snake hook, allowing you to create organic tendrils and distortions in clay. 

The image below shows the various Falloff curves on desktop and how they behave with the sphere, cube, and capsule brushes.

This example is purely to illustrate the basic differences between the curves, and only shows the results of a simple extrusion along a single axis. By extruding on multiple axes, rotating, and scaling, very different effects can be achieved.


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