Edit Mode and Weight Paint Mode




Weight Paint Tools.

Blender provides a set of helper tools for Weight Painting.

The Subset Option

Some of the tools also provide a Subset filter to restrict their functionality to only specific vertex groups (in the Adjust Last Operation panel, displayed after the tool is called) with following options:

  • Active Group

  • Selected Pose Bones

  • Deform Pose Bones

  • All Groups

All tools also work with Vertex Selection Masking and Face Selection Masking. In these modes the tools operate only on selected vertices or faces.

Assign from Bone Envelopes

Apply the envelope weight of the selected bone(s) to the selected vertex group.

Assign Automatic from Bone

Apply from the selected bone(s) to the vertex group the same “auto-weighting” methods as available in the Parent armature menu.

Normalize All

For each vertex, this tool makes sure that the sum of the weights across all vertex groups is equal to 1. This tool normalizes all of the vertex groups, except for locked groups, which keep their weight values untouched.

Lock Active

Keep the values of the active group while normalizing all the others.


This tool only works on the active vertex group. All vertices keep their relative weights, but the entire set of weights is scaled up such that the highest weight value is 1.0.


Normalize example.


The Mirror Vertex Group tool mirrors the weights from one side of a perfectly symmetrical mesh to the opposite side. Those vertices that have no corresponding vertex on the other side will not be affected. But note, the weights are not transferred to the corresponding opposite bone weight group.


Mirroring only works when the object’s rest pose is perfectly symmetrical across the X axis.


Mirror example.

Mirror Weights

With this option checked, every selected vertex receives the weight information of its symmetrical counterpart. If both vertices are selected, it will be a weight information exchange; if only one is selected, information from the unselected will overwrite the selected one. Information on weight is passed for the active group only, unless All Groups is checked, in which case it is passed for all groups.

Flip Group Names

Works with selected vertices that belong to vertex groups with “symmetrical names” (with components like “L”, “R”, “right”, “left”). All selected vertices that belong to the active group, or to the symmetrical of the active group, will have their assignation to that group replaced by an assignation to the symmetrical one; however, its weight will be preserved. If All Groups is checked, all assignations to these kind of groups will be replaced by the symmetrical counterpart, also keeping the old weights.

All Groups

Operate on all vertex groups, instead of the active one.

Topology Mirror

Mirror for meshes which are not fully symmetric (approximate mirror). See here for more information.


Mirror to Opposite Bone

If you want to create a mirrored weight group for the opposite bone (of a symmetric character), then you can do this:

  1. Delete the target vertex group (where the mirrored weights will be placed).

  2. Create a copy of the source bone vertex group (the group containing the weights which you want to copy).

  3. Rename the new vertex group to the name of the target vertex group (the group you deleted above).

  4. Select the target vertex group and call the Mirror tool (use only the Mirror weights option and optionally Topology Mirror if your mesh is not symmetric).


Replaces each Weight of the selected weight group by × -1.0 weight.


  • Original 1.0 converts to 0.0

  • Original 0.5 remains 0.5

  • Original 0.0 converts to 1.0




Restrict the tool to a subset. See above The Subset Option about how subsets are defined.

Add Weights

Add vertices that have no weight before inverting (these weights will all be set to 1.0).

Remove Weights

Remove vertices from the vertex group if they are 0.0 after inverting.


Locked vertex groups are not affected.


Clean Vertex Group Weights unassigns vertices from Vertex Groups whose weights are below the Limit. Removes weights below a given threshold. This tool is useful for clearing your weight groups of very low (or zero) weights.

In the example shown, a cutoff value of 0.2 is used (see operator options below) so all blue parts are cleaned out.

Note, the images use the Show Zero weights Active option so that unreferenced Weights are shown in Black.


Clean example.


Restrict the tool to a subset. See above The Subset Option for how subsets are defined.


This is the minimum weight value that will be kept in the group. Weights below this value will be removed from the group.

Keep Single

Ensure that the Clean tool will not create completely unreferenced vertices (vertices which are not assigned to any vertex group), so each vertex will keep at least one weight, even if it is below the limit value!


This operator uses a process known as Quantization which takes the input weights and clamps each weight to a number of steps between (0 - 1), so there is no longer a smooth gradient between values.


Quantize example (Steps = 2).


The number of steps between 0 and 1 to quantize the weights into. For example 5 would allow the following weights [0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0].


Adds an offset and a scale to all weights of the selected weight groups. with this tool you can raise or lower the overall “heat” of the weight group.


No weight will ever be set to values above 1.0 or below 0.0 regardless of the settings.


Levels example.


Restrict the tool to a subset. See above The Subset Option for how subsets are defined.


A value from the range (-1.0 - 1.0) to be added to all weights in the vertex group.


All weights in the Subset are multiplied with the gain.


Whichever Gain and Offset you choose, in all cases the final value of each weight will be clamped to the range (0.0 - 1.0). So you will never get negative weights or overheated areas (weight > 1.0) with this tool.



The Smooth tool only works when “Vertex selection masking for painting” is enabled. Otherwise the tool button is grayed out.

Blends the weights of selected vertices with adjacent unselected vertices. This tool only works in vertex select mode.


To understand what the tool really does, let us take a look at a simple example. The selected vertex is connected to four adjacent vertices (marked with a gray circle in the image). All adjacent vertices are unselected. Now the tool calculates the average weight of all connected and unselected vertices. In the example this is:

\((1 + 0 + 0 + 0) / 4 = 0.25\)

This value is multiplied by the factor given in the Operator options (see below).

  • If the factor is 0.0 then actually nothing happens at all and the vertex just keeps its value.

  • If the factor is 1.0 then the calculated average weight is taken (0.25 here).

  • Dragging the factor from 0 to 1 gradually changes from the old value to the calculated average.


Now let us see what happens when we select all but one of the neighbors of the selected vertex as well. Again all connected and unselected vertices are marked with a gray circle. When we call the Smooth tool now and set the Factor to 1.0, then we see different results for each of the selected vertices:

  • The top-most and bottom-most selected vertices:

    are surrounded by three unselected vertices, with an average weight of \((1 + 0 + 0) / 3 = 0.333\) So their color has changed to light green.

  • The middle vertex:

    is connected to one unselected vertex with weight = 1. So the average weight is 1.0 in this case, thus the selected vertex has changed to red.

  • The right vertex:

    is surrounded by three unselected vertices with average weight = \((0 + 0 + 0) / 3 = 0.0\) So the average weight is 0, thus the selected vertex has not changed at all (it was already blue before Smooth was applied).


Finally let us look at a practical example. The middle edge loop has been selected and it will be used for blending the left side to the right side of the area.

  • All selected vertices have two unselected adjacent vertices.

  • The average weight of the unselected vertices is \((1 + 0) / 2 = 0.5\)

  • Thus when the Factor is set to 1.0 then the edge loop turns to green and finally does blend the cold side (right) to the hot side (left).


The effective amount of blending. When Factor is set to 0.0 then the Smooth tool does not do anything. For Factor > 0 the weights of the affected vertices gradually shift from their original value towards the average weight of all connected and unselected vertices (see examples above).


Number of times to repeat the smoothing operation.


Positive values expand the selection to neighboring vertices while contract limits to the selection.


The vertices to mix with.


Smoothing will smooth both selected and deselected vertices.

Only Selected

Smoothing will only smooth with selected vertices.

Only Deselected

Smoothing will only smooth with deselected vertices.

Transfer Weights

Copy weights from other objects to the vertex groups of the active object.

By default this tool copies only the active (selected) vertex group of the source object to the active vertex group of target object or creates a new one if the group does not exist. However, you can change the tool’s behavior in the Adjust Last Operation panel.

For example, to transfer all existing vertex groups from the source objects to the target, change the Source Layers Selection option to By Name.


This tool uses the generic “data transfer”, but transfers from all selected objects to active one. Please refer to the Data Transfer docs for options details and explanations.

Prepare the Copy

You first select all source objects, and finally the target object (the target object must be the active object).

It is important that the source objects and the target object are at the same location. If they are placed side-by-side, then the weight transfer will not work. (See the Vertex Mapping option.) You can place the objects on different layers, but you have to ensure that all objects are visible when you call the tool.

Now ensure that the target object is in Weight Paint Mode. Open the Toolbar and call the Transfer Weights tool in the Weight Tools panel.

Adjust Last Operation Panel Confusion

You may notice that the Adjust Last Operation panel stays available after the weight transfer is done. The panel only disappears when you call another Operator that has its own Adjust Last Operation panel. This can lead to confusion when you use Transfer weights repeatedly after you changed your vertex groups. If you then use the still-visible Adjust Last Operation panel, then Blender will reset your work to its state right before you initially called the Transfer Weights tool.

So when you want to call the Transfer Weights tool again after you made some changes to your vertex groups, then always use the Transfer Weights button, even if the Adjust Last Operation panel is still available. Unless you really want to reset your changes to the initial call of the tool.

Limit Total

Reduce the number of weight groups per vertex to the specified Limit. The tool removes lowest weights first until the limit is reached.


The tool can only work reasonably when more than one weight group is selected.


Restrict the tool to a subset. See above The Subset Option for how subsets are defined.


Maximum number of weights allowed on each vertex.




Edit Mode and Weight Paint Mode


Weights ‣ Locks



Vertex groups can be locked to prevent undesired edits to a particular vertex group.


Bones that belong to a locked vertex group are displayed in red the 3D Viewport.

Lock All

Locks all vertex groups.

Lock Selected

Locks selected vertex groups.

Lock Unselected

Locks unselected vertex groups.

Lock Only Selected

Lock selected and unlock selected vertex groups.

Lock Only Unselected

Unlock selected and lock unselected vertex groups.

Unlock All

Unlocks all vertex groups.

Unlock Selected

Unlocks selected vertex groups.

Unlock Unselected

Unlocks Unselected vertex groups.

Invert Locks

Inverts the locks on all vertex groups.