I get strange UV unwrapping behavior when Unwrapping any object that has Seams.

In the example below, I show the results of Unwrapping a simple beveled cube with and without Seams.
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I understand that strange results can be shown in a UV Editor window if the scale of the object is not uniform. However, the scale of my object has not been changed and is at 1 in the example. If anyone knows what causes such a dramatic effect and has a solution then please let me know, because this problem is effectively making it impossible for me to texture my models properly.

  • $\begingroup$ in the Operator box, try Method > Angle Based instead of Conformal $\endgroup$ – moonboots Jun 11 '20 at 18:01

I'm going to assume that this beveled cube was made from a Cube mesh.

When you add a Cube mesh to your scene, it automatically creates a UV map for you. Beveling the cube without unwrapping it after does not change this map by much (although it does result in some weird mapping).

However, when you made a seam and unwrapped the mesh, the old UV map was trashed. Blender now tries to figure out how to unwrap the whole mesh to a 2D space with the seams provided. However, Blender cannot do this because the provided seams are not sufficient.

Now, imagine your mesh was made of paper. You want to cut the paper at the appropriate edges so you can "unwrap" the paper to make it completely flat without tearing it. If you only cut the edges you marked as a seam, you cannot do this.

This is what Blender is doing. Because it cannot completely flatten the mesh, it gets confused and makes a whole mess of overlapping faces.

When marking seams, use the strategy above to try and place seams at the correct spots.

  • $\begingroup$ wouldn't a "smart uv project" with "island margin" > 0 work ? (i'm bad at this kind of stuff, but i'm curious.) $\endgroup$ – ker2x Jun 11 '20 at 19:37
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    $\begingroup$ @ker2x Maybe, but in most cases, it's better to manually unwrap the mesh yourself. This will help you gain more control over how the UV map flows. $\endgroup$ – Najm Hoda Jun 11 '20 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ okay, thank you $\endgroup$ – ker2x Jun 11 '20 at 19:51

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