Skin Tools

Skin Tools: Various tools for use with the Skin modifier.


I have changed the category that these tools are found in. They now have their own category called “PEN Skin”

Most tools when used in a quad menu will now display a check box to show that the tool is active.

Skin Paint Mode On/Off:
This is a Macro Script found in the PEN Tools category for turning the Paint Weights tool on and off.

Skin Paint Blend Mode On/Off:
There is a hidden feature in Skin that is a blend or a blur paint mode that allows for the weights of verts to the blended. This makes it easier to soften areas or correct uneven weighting.

Set Paint Weight to 0.02/0.05/0.1/0.5/1.0:
These are five macros that set the paint value to one of the presets. A check box is displayed if the weight is set at that value. There are also six other presets that come with Max and can be found in the Skin Modifier category.

Update Painter on Mouse Up:
Toggles the paint mode to update only when the paint is finished. This is great when working with very large meshes that make the paint mode slow.

Pressure Sensitive: 
Turns the pressure sensitive setting on and off in the paint tool for use with Wacom tablets.

Affects Strength/Affects Size/Affects Size and Strength:
Sets what the pressure sensitivity affects when painting.

ABS Effect:
Opens a floating window for setting the ABS Effect value of a vertex. This tool was hacked together and doesn’t have many features.

Select Affects Vertices:
Selects the vertices affected of the selected bone.

Mirror Bones Blue to Green/Mirror Bones Green to Blue:
Mirrors all bones from one side to the other.

Mirror Verts Blue to Green/Mirror Verts Green to Blue:
Mirrors vertices from one side to the other.

Mirror Selected Verts:
Mirrors selected vertices.


Unzip and place the file in the STRplugins\STRscripts folder and PEN_SkinTools.mcr in the UI\MacroScripts folder and restart Max. All scripts will be found in the PEN Skin category in the Customize/Customize User Interface dialog. Add the tools in your favorite quad menu or set hot keys for them.