3D Editor

When editing a 3D scene, you view the scene in the 3D Editor view. You can change the projection of the view by switching between perspective camera and orthographic camera modes. When using the perspective camera mode, components that are far from the camera appear smaller than those nearby. In the orthographic camera mode, all components appear at the same scale irrespective of their distance from the camera. Both of them are free-form camera modes that you can use to orbit around the scene.

When you import 3D scenes from files that you exported from 3D graphics tools, you also import a scene camera, light, model, and materials. If your scene did not contain them, you can add the corresponding Qt Quick 3D components from Library > Components > > Qt Quick 3D > Qt Quick 3D.

You can use the toolbar buttons to transform 3D components and manipulate the 3D scene. Transformation refers to moving, rotating, or scaling of a component. The pivot of the component is used as the origin for transformations. You can set a local pivot offset for a component in Properties to transform the component around a point other than its local origin. A line is drawn in 3D Editor from the pivot point to the center of the component to provide a visual connection between them. Especially when working with complex scenes, it may be useful to use the showing and hiding or the locking features in Navigator to avoid transforming components by mistake while editing your scene.

Toggle between local and global orientation to determine whether the gizmos affect only the local transformations of the component or whether they transform with respect to the global space.

Additional helpful features when editing 3D scenes are the edit light, which is a quick way to light the scene, and the grid that helps you to navigate in 3D space. Select the (Toggle Grid Visibility) or press G to show or hide the grid.

To refresh the contents of 3D Editor, press P or select the (Reset View) button.

"3D Editor"

The following video illustrates navigating in 3D Editor and using the toolbar:

Controlling the 3D Editor Camera

To switch to perspective camera mode, select (Toggle Perspective/Orthographic Edit Camera). To switch to orthographic camera mode, select . You can also Toggle the camera mode by using the keyboard shortcut T.

You can navigate the scene by panning, rotating, and zooming the 3D Editor camera:

  • To pan, press Alt (or Option on macOS) and use the middle mouse button to click and drag anywhere in the rendered view to slide the view around.

    Note: At the moment it is not possible to pan using Magic Mouse.

  • To orbit, press Alt and click and drag anywhere in the rendered view to rotate the view.
  • To zoom, use the mouse wheel or press Alt and right-click anywhere in the rendered view to zoom the view in or out as you drag up or down.

To zoom and focus the 3D Editor camera on a selected component, select (Fit Selected) or press F.

The world axis helper (1) shows the direction of the world axes in view. To point the camera at the currently selected component in the direction of an axis, click the axis. Clicking the dot at the end of the axis will point the camera at the opposite direction of the axis. If no component is selected, the camera is pointed at the world origin. This does not affect the camera zoom level.

"Axis helper in 3D Editor"

You can use scene cameras (2) to view the View3D component from a specific angle in Form Editor while editing scenes. Different types of cameras are available in Library > Components > Qt Quick 3D > Qt Quick 3D. For more information about using cameras in the scene, the available camera types, and their properties, see Cameras.

Using Global and Local Orientation

To switch between local and global orientation, select or (Toggle Local/Global Orientation) or press Y.

In global orientation mode, transformation of a selected component is presented with respect to the global space. For example, while the move tool is selected, selecting a cube will show its move gizmo aligned with the axes of global space. Dragging on the red arrow of the gizmo moves the component in the global x direction.

In local orientation mode, the position of a selected component is shown according to local axes specific to the selected component. For example, selecting a rotated cube will show its axes rotated, and not aligned with the axes of global space. Dragging on the red arrow of the gizmo moves the component in the local x direction in relation to the component.

Using Edit Light

The edit light is an extra point light that can be used to illuminate the scene. To toggle the edit light on and off, select or (Toggle Edit Light) or press U.

For more information about the available scene light types and their properties, see Lights.

Selecting Components

To move, rotate, or scale components in the scene, you need to select them first. The selection mode buttons determine how components are selected when you click them in 3D Editor:

  • In the (Single Selection) mode, a single component is selected.
  • In the (Group Selection) mode, the top level parent of the component is selected. This enables you to move, rotate, or scale a group of components.

To toggle the selection mode, press Q.

To multiselect, hold Ctrl and click the components you wish to select.

After selecting a component, you can apply the usual keyboard shortcuts applicable to your operating system, for example, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V on Windows to copy-paste components.

Moving Components

"3D Editor in move mode"

You can move components in relation to their coordinate system, along the x, y, or z axis or on the top, bottom, left, and right clip planes of the 3D Editor view.

To move components, select or press W:

  • To move components along the axes of the move gizmo, click the axis, and drag the component along the axis.
  • To move components on a plane, click the plane handle and drag the component on the plane.
  • To move an component freely in 3D editor, click and drag the gray handle at the center of the move gizmo.

Rotating Components

"3D Editor in rotate mode"

To rotate components, select or press E:

  • To rotate a component around its rotation gizmo, click the axis ring and drag in the direction you want to rotate the component in.
  • To freely rotate the component, click and drag the inner center circle of the gizmo.

Scaling Components

"3D Editor in scale mode"

You can use the scale handles to adjust the local x, y, or z scale of a component. You can adjust the scale across one, two, or three axes, depending on the handle.

To scale components, select or press R:

  • To adjust the scale across one axis, click and drag the scale handle attached to the axis.
  • To adjust the scale across a plane, click the plane handle and drag the component on the plane.
  • To uniformly scale a component across all axes, click and drag the gray handle at the center of the component.

Summary of the 3D Editor Toolbar Buttons

The 3D Editor toolbar contains the following buttons:

ButtonTooltipKeyboard ShortcutRead More
Toggle Group/Single Selection ModeQSelecting Components
Activate the Move ToolWMoving Components
Activate Rotate ToolERotating Components
Activate Scale ToolRScaling Components
Fit Selected Object to ViewFControlling the 3D Editor Camera
Toggle Perspective/Orthographic Edit CameraTControlling the 3D Editor Camera
Toggle Global/Local OrientationYUsing Global and Local Orientation
Toggle Edit Light On/OffUUsing Edit Light
Toggle Grid VisibilityG
Reset ViewR

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