is there a way, like in maya, to filter current vertices / edges / faces selection or whole selection if none is selected by default ?

for example if none is selected, i would like to select all border edge , but if a group of edge is already selected , within my currrent seclection of edge, filter and select only the edge on border ?

or within the current face selection, select all triangle / quad etc only etc ...


  • $\begingroup$ Hiding geometry generally excludes it from selection operators, so while not really a filtering method it sort of does what you are looking for, if you first hide unselected geometry $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2018 at 15:19

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To select border edges (I assume you mean ones located on the sharp edges of the mesh) use Select > Sharp Edges in the 3D viewport footer.

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If you want to select these only based on current selection of edges then press Shift+H to hide everything but them and run Sharp Edges. Then invert selection, unhide and invert selection again - sharp edges from those selected before will be shown.

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The simplest way to check for polygon sides is the same as above - hiding all but selection and running Select Similar menu or via Shift+G with one polygon selected. Or use addons like MeshLint which check for triangles / ngons (even real time) and report that in their menu.

To select edges located on the border of any hole in the mesh use Select Boundary Loop either from Select menu or via Ctrl+E.

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Note that it runs based on selection, so it willselect boundary edges only from those already selected. You can also use Select All By Trait > Non-Manifold, option Boundaries is the one that does that.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi thanks for the reply THat was not what i was meaning (but your hint will also be usefull) Lets say i have a object with holes in its surface, and i want to select all edge that will be on the border of each hole of the mesh currently i ve found something that is close to what i want I select an edge already on border of a mesh select -> select similar -> amount of faces around edge. It will select all edge on border (with only one face around) Probably combining that with "hide unselected" should do the trick .. i ll try and let you know . thanks anyway $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2018 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ @FredericC. I added more info into my answer. There are 2 ways to select boundary edges. Select Boundary Loop selects based on what is selected, Select Non-Manifold will work the other way around, but by default includes more results in its search (I included option name in the answer). $\endgroup$
    – R El Clein
    Mar 3, 2018 at 19:52

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