Pivot point

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Step by step At Mind - B3D101

Blender 2.73 - 2.79

In this tutorial you will learn about the pivot point. The pivot point is the point in space around which all rotations, scalings and mirror transformations are centered.

  1. Watch the video tutorial.
  2. Or continue with the Step by Step description.

Where is the Pivot Point?

The pivot point is the orange dot in your object.

If you have a cube you can see an orange dot in the center. That is the Pivot point.


How can I edit the pivot point

When rotating or scaling an object you may want to shift the pivot point.

An example, in our Minecraft Steve tutorial we want Steve's legs to move from the top and not from the knees. This way we can animate a proper walk.

There are 2 ways to edit the pivot point

In Edit mode

To edit the pivot point:

Does your object rotate properly?

Using the 3D cursor

We can also use the 3D cursor to set the pivot point.

Rotate your object. Is it rotating properly?