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How could I animate a plane that transforms to a sphere using Blender ? I know you can transform a cube to a sphere using shape keys, but is this possible for a plane ?

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I just found out this technique from a tutorial that uses another software. But it applies on Blender:

  1. create a plane and subdivise it so it has enough vertexes (eg. 10 times)
  2. add an empty at the same place, and set the rotation to X:90°
  3. add a SimpleDeform modifier on the plane
    1. Switch mode to Bend
    2. Set Axis, Origin to your empty
    3. Set Deform Angle to 360° so it becomes a tube
  4. duplicate your empty and sets its rotation to X:90° / Z:90°
  5. add a second SimpleDeform modifier on the plane
    1. Switch mode to Bend
    2. Set Axis, Origin to your second empty
    3. Set Deform Angle to 360° so it becomes a sphere !

Et voilà ! You can now animate both deform angle from the SimpleDeform Modifiers to animate it.

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