Deselect all with a single pressing of the “a” keycode

Since Blender 2.80 the deselect all function – complete deselection of all objects or geometry – has been switched from a single press of the “a” key to a double “a-a” or a combination of “alt+a” keycodes. To return the deselection function to a single “a” press, we can edit the settings of the selection operators. Or, since Blender 2.81, a special checkbox is provided for this in the keyboard shortcuts settings.

  • Open the “Preferences” window
  • Switch to the “KeyMap” section
  • Turn on the “Select All Toggles” checkbox in the “Preferences” subsection
  • Save the settings by pressing the “Save Preferences” button in the upper right corner of the window.

Now the selection of all objects/geometry and their total deselection will be performed by pressing the single “a” key.

Switching between coordinate systems

To switch from a global coordinate system to a local coordinate system of an object, we need to multiply the global coordinates by the inverted matrix of an object:

To switch from the local coordinate system of the object to the global coordinate system, we need to multiply the local coordinates by the matrix of an object:

How to make node connections in Blender 2.8 not straight, but curving as before

In Blender 2.8 node connectors in the “Shader Editor” window are straight by default, unlike earlier versions, where they bent curving. To return the usual connections bend, change the following settings:

  • Open the “Preferences” window
  • Switch to “Themes”
  • Expand the “Node Editor” tree branch
  • In the “Node Curving” field, set the value greater than 0. 0 means straight lines, the larger – the greater bend. A value of 4 corresponds to the bend that was in Blender 2.7x versions.

How to enable gradient background in the viewport window

To enable gradient background in the “3D View” window you need:

  • open the “Preferences” window
  • press the “Themes” button
  • in the “3D View” – “Theme Space” -” Gradient Colors” section on the “Use Gradient” checkbox
  • and tune the gradient colors “Gradient HighOff” (top color) and “Gradient Low” (bottom color)
  • press the “Save Preferences” button to save changes

Setting operator parameters features

When you make a button in a custom UI to call the operator with passing the necessary parameters to it, pay attention that only the parameters specified explicitly will be sent to the operator. Other operator parameters will remain with default values.

For example, we need to execute the “transform_apply” operator – applying object transformations with applying just the scale.

If we call the operator as follows:

But all transformation (scale, rotation, and position) will still be applied to the object.

Vertex selection fine tuning in Blender 2.8x

In Blender 2.79, mesh vertices were highlighted in the “tweak” selection mode by holding down the “shift” key and a slight cursor movement with the right mouse button pressed. This allows quickly add vertexes to the selection without aiming each vertex with sniper accuracy.

In Blender 2.8x, this method has become unavailable due to the left click selection change. For those users who remained on “the right click select”, nothing has changed, everything works as before. The “tweak” selection was broken only for those who switched to the left click selection.

To use the “tweak” selection with the left click select, you need to make the following changes into the keyboard shortcut settings: