I wanted to know whether there is a way to set the default amount of vertices of added geometry (Such as default circles and cylinders) ? Changing the amount from 32 can get quite annoying as I am working quite a lot with subdivision modeling...


AFAIK it's already hardcoded into Blender, set as default value for each operators creating primitive objects like a circle. One way to get around this is to add new menu to access these operators, but with different default value. I made a sample code below, also downloadable here.

When this code is put to a file, opened in Blender's text area and executed, or installed as an addon (after uncommenting bl_info block), it will insert a new submenu to Add, containing some primitive operators but with different default value upon execution:

Low Vertex Mesh

There might be simpler ways, but this is the only workaround I know.

import bpy

# bl_info = {
#     "name": "Low Vertex Count Objects",
#     "author": "",
#     "version": (1, 0),
#     "blender": (2, 63, 0),
#     "location": "View3D > Add",
#     "description": "Add primitive object with low initial vertex count",
#     "warning": "",
#     "wiki_url": "",
#     "tracker_url": "",
#     "category": "Add Mesh"}

def custom_object_add(self, context):
    layout = self.layout
    layout.menu("INFO_MT_low_vertex_mesh_add", icon='PLUGIN')

class INFO_MT_low_vertex_mesh_add(bpy.types.Menu):
    bl_idname = "INFO_MT_low_vertex_mesh_add"
    bl_label = "Low Vertex Mesh"

    def draw(self, context):
        layout = self.layout

        prop = layout.operator("mesh.primitive_circle_add", icon='MESH_CIRCLE', text="Circle (12)")
        prop.vertices = 12

        prop = layout.operator("mesh.primitive_cone_add", icon='MESH_CONE', text="Cone (12)")
        prop.vertices = 12

        prop = layout.operator("mesh.primitive_cylinder_add", icon='MESH_CYLINDER', text="Cylinder (12)")
        prop.vertices = 12

        prop = layout.operator("mesh.primitive_uv_sphere_add", icon='MESH_UVSPHERE', text="UV Sphere (8x4)")
        prop.segments = 8
        prop.ring_count = 4

def register():

def unregister():

if __name__ == '__main__':

It's possible to override the defaults like so:

from bpy.props import IntProperty
from bpy.types import (

MESH_OT_primitive_circle_add.vertices = IntProperty(name="Vertices", default=16)
MESH_OT_primitive_cylinder_add.vertices = IntProperty(name="Vertices", default=16)
MESH_OT_primitive_uv_sphere_add.segments = IntProperty(name="Segments", default=16)
MESH_OT_primitive_uv_sphere_add.ring_count = IntProperty(name="Rings", default=8)

Save in scripts/startup/ with a .py file extension.


You can use the CreaPrim addon to create a new (low poly) primitive for you (so you don't have to write the script yourself). To do so:

  1. Enable the CreaPrim addon in your settings.

  2. Create your circle mesh

  3. Select your mesh and in the toolbar scroll down to the CreaPrim panel:

    creaprim toolbar

  4. Name your circle.

  5. Click CreaPrim.

  6. The primitive is now an add-on which you can enable in your preferences (you may want to create a new file, enable the add-on and press CTRLU to update the default settings).

Note: If you get an error when trying to create the primitive (like I did) you may have to use a cylinder instead of a circle. I think there's a bug that doesn't allow you to create one vertex thick meshes

  • $\begingroup$ What is that Retopo button under Cell Fracture? (I haven't got one) $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Jul 29 '13 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ It's for grease pencil retopology (addon that you can enable in the settings). $\endgroup$
    – CharlesL
    Jul 29 '13 at 20:55

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