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Quick Start Video

We recommend watching this video first! It’s just a few minutes, and will get you up and running right away.

When you hunger for more knowledge, you can dig into the Documentation further below 🙂 Or just post your questions online, that’s great for everyone to learn from!

Documentation

General Guidelines

These general rules are a great place to start:

Interacting with Objects

  • Right Gripper will usually grab things, so you can move and duplicate them
  • Right Trigger will usually create or draw
  • “A” will usually select
  • “B” will usually delete

Navigating the Scene

  1. Pull and hold the left Gripper, then also the right Gripper
  2. Now you are “holding” the scene
  3. Push your hands forward and backward to move the scene around you
  4. Stretch your hands apart, or closer together, to stretch or shrink the scene
  5. Rotate your hands to to rotate the scene and view from a new angle

Interacting with Menus

  1. Point the right controller at the menu
  2. A laser line will appear, and clickable items will highlight blue
  3. Use the right Trigger to “click” the item

Tooltips!

  • Most importantly, the on-hand tooltips are always there to help! 
  • The Trigger and Gripper buttons always show tooltips
  • Touch (but don’t press) the A, B, X, Y buttons to see their tooltips
  • Using these, you can always check exactly what actions and tools are available 🙂

Create, Save, and Load Scenes

Create a new Scene

  1. To create a new Scene, click a + icon in the grid
  2. Now begin creating!

Saving your Scene

To save your Scene, press the Menu button on the left controller, then click the “Save” button

Setting the Scene Icon

  1. To set the Scene icon, select any object, then open the Hand Menu and choose “Set Icon”
  2. Now, if you return to the Main Menu, you’ll see this object representing the Scene

Returning to the Main Menu

To save and exit, open the Hand Menu and click “Home”

Loading a Scene

Hover on any existing scene in the Grid, and click to load it

Deleting a Scene

  1. Hover on an existing scene in the Grid, and press B
  2. A pop-up will appear in the Scene box
  3. Click the checkmark to delete the scene, or the cancel icon to cancel

Autosaves

Polysketch autosaves a backup when you open a file, and every few minutes while working. To access these backups, first you must understand a little of our save file structure. We save all scenes into a file called scene.txt inside a unique folder for each scene. By default that folder will be named for the day the scene was created, but you can rename that folder to better organize your files anytime. To access and restore files:

  1. Connect your headset via USB to your PC
  2. In your headset, click “Allow” to the data permission pop-up
  3. From your PC, navigate to the polysketch data location:
    This PC\Quest 2\Internal shared storage\Polysketch
    We will refer to this as \home\ in further path instructions
  4. If you do not know the name of your scene, navigate one more directory into \home\SaveFiles\ and determine the scene you are after. Likely it will hold the last-edited file. Again, “scene name” is the name of the folder within SaveFiles that holds the appropriate scene.txt
  5. Navigate to \home\AutoSave or \home\PreOpenBackup\ for the files created during autosave or before beginning editing respectively. These folders will contain a number of files named for the timestamp at which they were created. 
  6. From within Autosave or PreOpenBackup, navigate to the folder matching your scene name (determined in step 4)
  7. Select the backup you wish to restore, likely the most recent timestamp file
  8. Copy it into \home\SaveFiles\YourSceneName\
  9. Navigate to \home\SaveFiles\YourSceneName\
  10. Either delete scene.txt, or keep to it around for safety, rename it to any other name
  11. Rename your restored <Timestamp>.txt to scene.txt
  12. Relaunch Polysketch on your headset.

Special note: Yes, you can rename your scenes! Also, you can copy-paste as a new folder, to duplicate scenes, etc. Polysketch will simply load up whatever it sees here. You could even share files with friends this way … and yes, we intend to make all this much easier, soon!

Poly Drawing

Create a new Poly Object to Edit

Create a new object by pressing the Menu button on the left hand, then clicking “Create”

Drawing Simple Lines

  1. Pull and hold right Trigger, to begin drawing a line from the marker tip
  2. Move your hand, then release the trigger to complete your line

Moving Parts Around

  1. Hover on a point, line, surface, or Selection
  2. Pull and hold the Right Gripper to grab the hovered item
  3. Now, just move the items with your hand, as if holding them

Connecting Lines

  1. Hover the marker tip on a point – you should see the point light up, and the controller will vibrate
  2. Now pull the right Trigger to draw a line as usual – it will start connected to that hovered point
  3. Release the trigger while hovering on another point, and it will connected as well

Adding Points While Drawing

  1. Start drawing a line as usual, but don’t release the trigger
  2. Instead, keep the trigger held and press “A” to place a point without ending the line
  3. Place as many points as you like, then release the trigger to place the final point

Special note – don’t go crazy with those points! Try to keep your shapes simple and minimal, especially at first.

If you’ve placed all the necessary points, press “B” to discard the last point and end your drawing

Drawing Surfaces

  1. Pull and hold the right Trigger to start a line as usual
  2. Use the “A” button to place points
  3. End the line (by releasing the Trigger) back on the first point
  4. Polysketch will automatically fill in the surface

Filling in Surfaces

  1. First, ensure you have a complete, looping outline to fill in
  2. Pull and hold the left Trigger to activate the “Special” tools
  3. Notice that the “A” button has changed to “Outline”
  4. Hover on any point in the loop, then hold “A” to being Outlining it
  5. Trace the outline with your hand, highlighting each point
  6. When you come back to the first point, completing the Outline, it will fill in

Cutting into Surfaces

  1. Hover on the surface, or a connected edge/point
  2. Press and hold the Trigger to draw as usual
  3. Keeping the marker tip inside the surface, place more points as desired
  4. Release the Trigger when done

When doing this, you will see the surface turn semi-transparent – this is to help you see your new lines as you sketch on the surface!

Selecting

Selecting multiple points allows you resize, extrude, duplicate, and other useful actions

  1. Hover on an unselected point, then press “A” to Select it
  2. You can also press and hold “A”, then wave your hand across more points, to select them all
  3. Selected points will show a bright white sphere
  4. To deselect a point, hover on it and press “A”
  5. Or, hover on it, then press and hold “A”, then wave your hand across more points to deselect them all
  6. To deselect all points, hover on nothing, then press “A”

Extruding

  1. Pull and hold the left Trigger to activate the “Special” tools
  2. Notice that the right Trigger has changed to “Extrude”
  3. Hover on a line, surface, or selection
  4. Pull and hold the trigger, then move your hand to Extrude
  5. Similar to drawing regular lines, press “A” to place intermediate sections, then release the Trigger to place the final section

If you go too far … simply press “B” to cancel the last-extruded section, and complete the action 🙂

Duplicating

  1. Pull and hold the left Trigger to activate the “Special” tools
  2. Notice that the right Gripper has changed to “Duplicate”
  3. Hover on a line, surface, or selection
  4. Pull and hold the gripper, then move your hand – you are now holding a duplicate
  5. As always when holding items, press “A” to place a copy, and release the Gripper to place the held item

If you placed all the duplicates you need, press “B” to delete the held object

Resizing

  1. Hover on a point, line, surface, or Selection
  2. Pull and hold the Right Gripper to grab the hovered item
  3. Note that the Left Gripper now shows “Resize”
  4. Pull and hold Left Gripper, so that both grippers are now held
  5. Move your hands apart or closer together, stretching or squashing the item to resize it

Guide Snapping

While drawing your Poly, you can use Guide Snapping to line up parts

  1. Enable this by pressing the Menu button on the left hand, then toggling “Guide Snapping” ON
  2. Now, when you draw lines, guides will appear and snap your points to alignment with other points
  3. Special Note: if you need to limit the snapping, select the points you wish to snap to – now the snapping will only consider these.

Removing Points and Lines

  1. Hover on the point, line or selection you wish to remove
  2. Press the “B” button to remove these

Clearing Surfaces

  1. Hover on the surface you wish to clear
  2. Press the “B” button, and the surface will be cleared

Exiting the Object

When you are done editing an object, you can Exit it

  1. Press the Menu button on the left controller, then choose “Exit Object”
  2. Now, you will be able to interact with all objects in your scene
  3. Remember, you can always dive back into any object
  4. Just hover on it, and tap the Right Joystick forward once

Special Note: Tap the Right Joystick backward anytime to Exit, if you’d like a faster method than using the Menu!

Objects

Manipulate

  1. Hover on an object or selection
  2. Pull and hold the Right Gripper to grab the item
  3. Now, just move the item with your hand, as if holding it

Select

  1. Hover on an unselected object, then press “A” to Select it
  2. You can also press and hold “A”, then wave your hand across more objects, to select them all
  3. Selected objects will be colored bright white
  4. To deselect an object, hover on it and press “A”
  5. Or, hover on it, then press and hold “A”, then wave your hand across more objects to deselect them all
  6. To deselect all objects, hover on nothing, then press “A”

Delete

Hover on an object or selection, then press “B” to delete it

Edit

  1. Hover on the object you wish to edit
  2. Tap the right joystick forward
  3. Now, you can edit the points, lines, and surfaces on this object

Note: You can also select the object, then open the on-hand menu and click the “Edit” button

Pickup and Copy

  1. Hover on an object or selection
  2. Pull the right Gripper to pick it up
  3. Now, press “A” to place a copy, repeat as needed
  4. Release the Gripper to place the final copy

Duplicate

  1. Pull the left Gripper to activate “Special” tools
  2. Note that the right Gripper now shows “Duplicate”
  3. Hover on an object or selection
  4. Pull the right Gripper to pick up a duplicate of that item
  5. Now, press “A” to place a copy, repeat as needed
  6. Release the Gripper to place the final copy

Setting Object Color

  1. Select the objects you wish to apply a color to
  2. Press the menu button on the left controller
  3. Click the “Set Color” button in the on-hand menu
  4. Use the color setting to pick a new color

Visual Settings

Wireframe

  1. Press the menu button on the left controller
  2. Disable “Show Solid”

Passthrough

  1. Press the menu button on the left controller
  2. Enable “Show Passthrough”

Importing other 3D models, into Polysketch

Yes, you can import a 3D model from Blender, etc into Polysketch! This is great for using Polysketch to retopo a higher poly mesh, or just for reference.

Note: this feature is in a very early, very experimental stage. Please forgive the current clunky setup, we wanted to get this working ASAP for the many people who requested it- much work to come!

  1. Connect your headset to your computer via USB
  2. In the headset, you may need to answer “Allow” to enable the USB connection
  3. Open a file browser window on your computer, and navigate to the Polysketch OBJ folder:
    This PC\Quest 2\Internal shared storage\Polysketch\ModelsToImport
  4. Copy any .obj file into that folder, optionally you can include referenced .mtl files
  5. Polysketch will place the first object it finds within that folder into all scenes. The object is not moveable or editable (feature coming soon) within the scene

Exporting and Using in Other Applications

Exporting allows you to use your creations in just about any other application … Blender, Unity, Unreal, Roblox, 3D printing … just about anything!

Exporting the Entire Scene

  1. Ensure you have no objects selected
  2. Press the menu button on the left controller
  3. Choose “Export” in the on-hand menu
  4. This will export all objects in the current scene, as a single OBJ file, into the folder:
    Quest 2\Internal shared storage\Polysketch\Exports

Exporting Specific Objects

  1. Select the objects you wish to export
  2. Press the menu button on the left controller
  3. Choose “Export” in the on-hand menu
  4. This will export all selected objects, as a single OBJ file, into the folder:
    Quest 2\Internal shared storage\Polysketch\Exports

Using the Exported OBJ in Other Applications

  1. Connect your headset to your computer via USB
  2. In the headset, you may need to answer “Allow” to enable the USB connection
  3. Open a file browser window on your computer, and navigate to the Polysketch OBJ folder:
    This PC\Quest 2\Internal shared storage\Polysketch\Exports
  4. Select the files you wish to use, and copy them to a location on your computer
  5. In the desktop application (eg, Blender, Unity, etc), import the OBJ file