Local Scale

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Default Shortcut: Ctrl + E

Menu Path: Modify > Local Scale


The Local Scale tool will scale each group of selected faces in the plane perpendicular to their respective normal vectors.

The local scale amount can be controlled interactively using the tool manipulator or numerically in the options dialog. You can select additional faces to perform this operation on while the tool is still active. Pressing Enter or right-clicking will complete the local scale and exit the tool.


Default Amount

Determines how much to offset the local scale when the command is called. When used with the tool already active, it is equivalent to dragging the manipulator handle for this command to the specified value, and allows you to enter precise values for the current operation. This amount will also be applied each time you use the command in the future. Set it to 0 if you want no default adjustment.

Sticky Functionality

Press and hold the keyboard shortcut for this command to temporarily activate its manipulator, and move your mouse (no clicking necessary) to adjust the amount. Release the shortcut key to exit the tool. This allows you to model more quickly since you do not need to manually exit the tool.


  • At first glance, the Local Scale tool might appear to be the same as the Inset Scale tool. To see the difference between the two, try creating a sphere, selecting several adjacent faces, performing an extrusion (with the faces set to stay together), and then testing both Inset Scale and Local Scale on the extruded faces.