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"These are two separate objects. Now, I want to join them in a manner that enables a smooth transition between them (using bevel and subsurf). How can I achieve this without having to start from scratch and without extensive pre-planning?" enter image description here

EDIT:- THIS IS WHAT I COULD DO AT BEST. IS THERE A BETTER SOLUTION OR TOPOLOGY? enter image description here

EDIT 2:- THERE ARE DISTORTIONS IN THE REFLECTION/REFRACTION AS SEEN IN THE IMAGE BELOW. IS THIS DUE TO TOPLOGY AND WHAT WOULD BE THE FIX TO IT? enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ You can boolean then correct the topology a bit, what difficulty have you met? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Jul 29, 2023 at 10:21
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    $\begingroup$ you always have to edit it manually to fuse together nicely. or you can easily just do a remesh. Quad Remesher is pretty powerful. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2023 at 10:24
  • $\begingroup$ @moonboots Yes, that is the approach I took. However, I find it difficult to match the number of vertices on one shape with that of the other. Additionally, when I add loop cuts (Ctrl+R), it tends to distort the shape by adding extra geometry. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2023 at 11:05
  • $\begingroup$ @HarryMcKenzie I gave the Trial version of QuadRemesher a shot, but to be honest, it left me feeling frustrated and disappointed. First and foremost, it came with an exorbitant price tag, which was disheartening. And when I eagerly hoped it would work its magic and create the geometry exactly as I wanted, it let me down. Instead of achieving the smooth and precise results I was aiming for, it decided to add these infuriating non-straight lines on a perfectly flat surface. It was beyond aggravating! $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2023 at 11:08
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    $\begingroup$ it looks like it's the reflection that it is supposed to have with this topology, if you want something less round, you probably need to add a support edge loop? zupimages.net/up/23/30/rd59.jpg $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Jul 29, 2023 at 13:41

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It's caused by your topology, it is round so it makes the reflection look round. Add a support edge loop in order to sharp the bottom edge of your vertical shape:

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