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Is there a way to render an object with a subdivision surface modifier with a wireframe which is the original geometry as well as the wires that make the subdivision surface?

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This wireframe here is curved. What if there was displayed the straight wireframe. The wires that make are made by the subdivision surface. Thats what I want to achieve. How to do it?

What I mean is - How to render the curved wireframe (which is the original geometry with the straight wireframe (which is the wireframe the is made by the subdivision surface)?

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Are you saying you want the head to be rendered with the wireframe showing? If so, that is possible. –  Thom Blair III May 7 '14 at 2:23
@ThomBlairIII I think he wants to render the high-poly head, with a quasi-low-poly wireframe; the wireframe should look pretty much like the edges of the low-poly head, but with nice curves like the high-poly head. –  ajwood May 7 '14 at 13:20
Related: blender.stackexchange.com/q/2372/599 –  gandalf3 May 10 '14 at 23:52

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Rendering curved wireframes:

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You can either use freestyle or a wireframe material, see Rendering with wireframe.

If you use a wireframe material, make sure Optimal display is enabled on the modifier, otherwise all the edges generated by the subserf will be rendered as wires (they won't be curved).

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To do this in cycles, you could use two scenes, one for the cycles render and another to render the wireframe with one of the BI techniques.

To get a BI wireframe material to render with a transparent background (for combining with a cycles render), just set the second material to Masking alpha:

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And set Alpha to Transparent in Render settings > Shading:

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OP clarified the question, making this no longer relevant. As far as I can tell, that is..

If you want to do this in the viewport/opengl render, just enable Draw All edges in Properties > Object > Display:

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And make sure Optimal display is disabled in the subserf modifier:

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