I have created a long cylinder with lots of loop cuts:

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When I apply this to a curve, the result is still very 'chunky':

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My curve modifier is like this:

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Is there a way to get a smoother curve?

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    $\begingroup$ Increase the (Preview) Resolution of the curve in the curves data settings. $\endgroup$ – Leander Aug 6 '18 at 6:30
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    $\begingroup$ Where are these settings? $\endgroup$ – rhughes Aug 6 '18 at 6:39
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    $\begingroup$ In the properties editor, press the curve icon. Change Preview U in the shape section. $\endgroup$ – Leander Aug 6 '18 at 6:50
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    $\begingroup$ Fantastic! Could you please add this as an answer? $\endgroup$ – rhughes Aug 6 '18 at 6:59

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