View Full Version : Symmetry help

07 July 2003, 08:03 AM
I'm new to lightwave and I've been trying to get symmetry down ... however when I'm splitting polys or knifing the symmetry does not translate to the corrensponding sides is this because I'm using LW 7.0 ??

07 July 2003, 08:08 AM
hmm, never really did that, but a few tests I didn't get it to work either, try the modes.

maybe you'll need to mirror after., ???

07 July 2003, 08:17 AM
LW Modelers symmetry is somewhat lacking. It pretty much only translates modify tools like Move, Scale, Rotate etc correctly across both sides. If you'd like to do cuts using symmetry you'll have to hunt down a custom plugin to do it for you or write one yourself :)

You'll find a LW plugin database at

07 July 2003, 01:00 PM
Symmetry only works on the X Axis and only on portions of the model that are symmetrical. The object needs to be centrred before you activate symmetry and it doesn't work with things like the knife tool.

I've got some info about it on my tut site see page

about half way down.

07 July 2003, 01:28 PM
Originally posted by riki
Symmetry only works on the X Axis and only on portions of the model that are symmetrical.

This is true other than the move tool. The object doesn't have to be symmetrical for it to work. ;)

07 July 2003, 02:14 PM
Here's another related symmetry question:

Is it some plugin or way to restore symmetry once it's lost? Sometimes this happens when using smoothing etc.

07 July 2003, 02:21 PM

07 July 2003, 02:25 PM is one possibility, but it doesn't seem to be available anymore.

You can always do it manually and knife the object down the centre and mirro the other section in place.

07 July 2003, 05:25 PM
Thanks all for your replies :) I appreciate the insight I was watching a video tutorial and it seemed that it was possible but I guess not.

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