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Getting Started With Hard Ops

Hard Ops can be brought up one of 3 ways.

Q - Menu

Pressing Q will bring up the Hard Ops Q menu.

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The first 3 options will always be dependant on context and is what we call the big 3.

We'll be going over the options later in depth. See options

Shift Q - Pie Menu

Pressing shift + Q will bring up the Hard Ops pie menu.

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The pie menu is the same as the q menu. Icons are not in the pie menu due to speed issues but is the same format of options as the Q menu. The options change based off of context.

T - T Panel

In the vein of most plugins Hard Ops also has a t-panel for options that can be useful for beginners or those who like seeing all the options all the time.

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Even in the examples I have a hard time using the T panel. Pressing Q is just so fast.


Q Menu Option Types

The Q menu options are not just for meshes.

Camera Q - options

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  • options for lens / depth / dof / target and even set active cam

Lattice Q - options

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  • simplify will change all the x/y/z parameters of the lattice to 2 simplifying it for large form changes.

Curve Q - options

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  • 1 curve will allow you to do a 3d taper and set the spans around and along the curve.
  • 2 curves will allow you to do a curve taper and set the 2nd curve to the 1st curve as a taper object.