Fit To View Tool

Sometimes you need to quickly set the camera so it sees the whole scene (or just a part of it) leaving just a thin border of empty space around. That’s what the “Fit to View” tool is for. You can run it by clicking a toolbar button, or using the Tools menu.

Let’s make a simple scene like this one:

Simple Owlet scene of plane and sphere

Now run the “Fit to View” tool and see its window pops up:

Fit to view tool in Owlet

As you may see, the tool has some options:

  • Padding - controls how much empty space to leave around the scene after fitting the camera;
  • Just selected objects - lets you decide if you want to focus on the whole scene or just on the selected objects;
  • Including children objects - that’s a sub-option of the previous one. By unchecking it you focus just on the selected objects, not on their children;
  • Keep aspect - when checked Owlet keeps the camera aspect ratio, otherwise it may change the camera aspect in order to leave less empty space around the shape.

Now if you see, by default Owlet fits to the whole scene and keeps aspect: the result can be seen in background. The whole scene is visible, there is some space around and the camera aspect is the same. Let’s check Just selected objects and see what happens:

Fit to view tool in Owlet just for selected objects

The only selected object in the scene is the blue sphere, so after checking the “selected objects only” option, we see that Owlet adjusted the camera to better see the sphere. There is still some padding around and the camera aspect is still the same, but the plane is not completely visible anymore.

Let’s see what happens if we uncheck the Keep aspect option, as well:

Fit to view tool in Owlet just for selected objects without keeping aspect

This time Owlet changed the camera aspect to leave even less space around the sphere.

You now need to confirm the changes you made by clicking the OK button, or revert them by clicking Cancel.