Hi I have the following shape:

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and would like to bulge out the top face like the side of a pill. I've tried inset faces with proportional editing, but the faces can only become so small before the vertices overlap and it goes crazy.

When I'm done I'd like a shape similar to one of these:


Any help would be great.


Here comes a very simple way to do it:

1) Base
Add a circle with 32 vertices and a triangle fan.
Rotate it by 360/64 degrees along Z axis. This will get you nice flat sides. enter image description here

2) Rim
Inset faces a bit to make a rim. All pills have a rim.
Then delete the triangle fan.
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3) Fill the circle
Select 16 opposite vertices (exactly half).
Go to Face->Grid Fill.
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Cool, right? Job done.

4) The bulge
Raise the middle polygon and enable proportional editing with falloff set to Sphere.
Play with the settings to your liking.
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5) Create the bottom part.
Select all vertices Select->All, duplicate Mesh->Duplicate to make the bottom part.
You can use the mirror modifier for this, if you want.
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6) Connect both parts.
Select those two edge loops and bridge them.
Edge->Bridge edge loops.
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7) Add Subdivision modifier to smooth it out.
2 levels is enough.
Also set a smooth shading. enter image description here

8) Change the shape to your liking
You can still change the shape and height in edit mode.
Just grab and move the vertices.
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Example of final mesh. enter image description here

Result: enter image description here

Additional notes:
- You can do this faster by using mirror modifier
- Apply rotation, so modifiers work properly
- There are many ways to do this, don't get hung up on this approach
- Yeah... some pills have a groove in the middle.
- Try it with different number of vertices, some will work better than others.


Okay, here is the same pill with a groove in the middle.
It just felt so wrong without it I couldn't sleep.
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  • $\begingroup$ Did you just downvoted my answer ? $\endgroup$ – user83425 Nov 20 at 22:30
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    $\begingroup$ @RobinBetts This happens when I desperately want to show my ultimate modelling skills and forget I'm supposed to be helping others :) $\endgroup$ – Jachym Michal Nov 20 at 22:51
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    $\begingroup$ Jachym Michal thank you for the help, I'm very new to modeling so I'm having difficulty getting to the point you show in your first image. Could you go into any more details as to how you achieved that? $\endgroup$ – user2320239 Nov 21 at 11:25
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    $\begingroup$ This is great, thank you! $\endgroup$ – user2320239 Nov 21 at 15:07
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    $\begingroup$ Hi I'm trying to follow along, but when I get to step 7 the sub surface modifier gives my model a weird lip as shown here i.imgur.com/vcfGW2K.png, do you know what could be causing this? $\endgroup$ – user2320239 Nov 21 at 19:47

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