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Blender 3D By Example by Romain Caudron

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The shape keys

In the following sections, we are going to learn about shape keys and drivers. This will help us to create some very basic facial controls that we will use in the next chapter. Facial rigging is a long process, so we are not going to create a fully functioning facial rig here, but you will have all the tools needed to create your own if you want to.

What is a shape key?

A shape key is a method to store a change of geometry in a mesh. For instance, you can have a sphere object, add a shape key, move your vertices so that the sphere looks like a cube, and the shape key will store the changes for you. A shape key is controlled by a slider. The value of the slider corresponds to the distance each vertex has to move to get to the stored ...

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