In Blender sometimes the 3D VIEW window is focused on a certain part of the scene and we need to visualize an object that is located in other place, this can be a big problem if we are just starting with Blender and it is difficult for us to move in the 3D space. In this article we are going to see how to quickly focus the view on an object and also how to make the rendering camera move in such a way that the object we are interested in is in the center of the scene.
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In the following video you will see how to CENTER the VIEW in a specific OBJECT in Blender and also how to move the rendering camera so that it focus on an specific object.
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Centering the view on an object in Blender
To quickly center the view on an object in Blender what we have to do is to select the object and press the dot key on the numeric keypad (Numpad .), with this we go from the situation shown in figure 1 to figure 2, in which the view is centered on the origin of the selected object. In the case of not having a numeric keypad what you can do is select the object, click on "View" and then choose the option "Frame Selected", this will center the view on the selected object.
How to center the camera on an object in Blender
Now what we are looking for is to make the rendering camera move in such a way that the selected object is in the center of the rendering frame, for this we will use the same method as above but with the exception that we will make the camera follow the movement of the 3D view. We start from the situation shown in figure 3 in which the camera perspective is being viewed, this view can be activated with the zero key on the numeric keypad (Numpad 0).
We go to the view tab shown in figure 4 and activate the "Camera to View" checkbox, this will allow us to control the position and orientation of the rendering camera by zooming, panning and rotating the view. In case you do not see the View panel is because it is hidden, it can be displayed with the N key or the arrow icon that is observed in the upper right corner of Figure 3 (slightly above and to the right of the green circle with the letter Y).
When the camera is locked to the 3D view you can see the red dotted box, now to center the camera on the object we select the object and press the dot on the numeric keypad, so we go from the situation in figure 5 to the situation in figure 6.