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Given a 3D model, I want to define different regions and fill each region with solid color (to distinguish)

Is there an easy way to do it?

My current solution is to first select faces under edit mode, then switch to vertex paint mode and paint use a brush. I changed some properties of the brush(large radius, reduce edge softness) but I can't make regions in solid color as I expected..

Please Help.

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You can create multiple materials for the object in the materials tab of the properties panel. Then, on edit mode, use the assign buttons in the materials tab to give the selected faces the selected material. By default all faces are assigned the first material you create.

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Note: the rendering properties of a material can be found in the surface rollout. But materials, by default, have a gray viewport color, this can be changed for each material at the bottom of the material's settings.

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For continuous gradient elaborate color such as the colors of a flower then consider texture mapping. You can paint or paste on the flat map or paint a texture in 3D. Videos exist for these techniques. UV Unwrap and then texture paint.

If you want say solid stripes on a cylinder PG has already given a good answer.

Vertex Color must have the context set correctly to work. I suspect people rarely use it. There are videos for that topic as well.

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  • $\begingroup$ I like this idea too. I choose set vertex color under vertex paint mode, and the result can be exported to ply format easily. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – iiakee Oct 3 '14 at 19:35

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