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Is there any way to do a bevel similar to that on my screenshot without the artifact (the square appearing) with smooth shading? I see the result is due to all the vertices on the face created by the bevel, but I don't know the best way to solve this. All help appreciated.

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If you want to keep your object low-poly, if you smooth it it will try to smooth the 90° angles and it will give what you see. A trick is to use Auto-Smooth, i.e. ask Blender to only smooth the lower angles: Select your object in Object mode, press W > Shading Smooth, then go in the Properties panel > Object Data > Normals, enable Auto-Smooth and keep a low angle like for example 30°.

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Note that the general shape will stay angular, if you don't want that you'll need to give your object a Subdivision Surface modifier, and add some edge loops to sharp the angles.

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  • $\begingroup$ I didn't manage to get the result in your last screenshot. I used the subsurf modifier and added some edge loops, but I still get the angular shape. $\endgroup$ – qtjCH5pLao6 Sep 11 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ mmmh weird, maybe make sure that you have a Subdivision value of 2 in the modifier? $\endgroup$ – moonboots Sep 11 at 16:49
  • $\begingroup$ what are you talking about when you talk about the angular shape? I was talking about the beveled round angle $\endgroup$ – moonboots Sep 11 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe I'm misunderstanding you. I uploaded a new wireframe of the mesh in my post above. $\endgroup$ – qtjCH5pLao6 Sep 11 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe I wasn't clear enough, what I meant is, to smooth your object, you can either choose the Auto-Smooth trick or the Subsurf modifier, it's your choice. It doesn't seem like you have tried any of these solutions $\endgroup$ – moonboots Sep 11 at 18:01

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