I'm having so much trouble sticking the 3D cursor to surfaces

It’s either positioning itself faaar behind the surface that I’m clicking on, or slightly in front of it…
It never sticks to the surface like in the video.
Sometimes it’s really, really close, but just slightly in front of or behind the surface.


are you trying to do it in Object Mode?

Object Mode, Edit Mode, Persp camera, Ortho camera, Object selected, Object not selected.
It all behaves exactly the same.

What works for me is to select a face in Edit Mode and then Shift+S moving the cursor to selection.

I seem to remember reading something about distance detection in the Blender Help docs. I’ll go look and see if I can find it again since I’m more or less at a stand still with the course until my new computer gets here (a half hour for a simple render is just too much when trying to keep up). In the mean time, maybe Marc or Micheal will drop in with their knowledge.

Well, since I beat them back… Here’s what I found

Using LMB in the 3D View will place the 3D cursor directly under your mouse pointer.

For accuracy you should use two perpendicular orthogonal 3D Views, i.e. any combination of top Numpad7, front Numpad1 and side Numpad3. That way you can control the positioning along two axes in one view and determine depth in the second view.

To place the 3D Cursor on the surface of geometry, enable Cursor Depth in the User Preferences.

Let me know if that solves it, in the mean time I’ll look for more info…

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Yeeeeeeeees that works! :smile:
Thank you so much! :slight_smile:

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