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Essential Skills in Character Rigging by Nicholas B. Zeman

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Chapter 5

Intermediate Skeleton Setup

Now that we have gone through the major joints and the proper placement, alignment, and hierarchy, we need to take a look at two more things: joint orient and joint rotation order. These are all aspects of creating the total single-skeleton package. The joint orients set up the direction of movement and the rotation order sets up the proper order of movement.

5.1 How Do I Orient My Joints Properly? How Do I Determine Rotation Order?

Joint orient values and Rotation Orders are a vital part of character rigging and setup and an often-overlooked one. There are a lot of modern “autorigging” solutions that kind of “skip over” this stuff because all of those systems are dependent on your character being in the ...

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