I have a cylinder that I have used the Boolean Modifier to take out some shapes. This has caused multiple faces to be generated.

I have tried to reduce the amount of faces on a cylinder with dissolve faces and a few other options, but can't get to the point where I can bevel the edges of this cylinder easily.

Is there a way to achieve this?

The shape in question


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I would remodel it for better quad topology. There's a pretty nifty built-in addon called LoopTools. Enable it via menu Edit > Preferences > Add-ons > LoopTools

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  • Add a circle Shift+A > Mesh > Circle with 32 vertices
  • Press i to Inset a deep inner circle then LMB to confirm
  • Press Ctrl+R and scroll forward to add Loop Cuts then LMB to confirm
  • Delete the other half of the geometry and fill in the half circle
  • Then add a Mirror Modifier on the X-axis
  • You can easily shape the mouth by moving a few vertices
  • Select the mouth area and press i to Inset Faces then B to turn off Boundary then LMB
  • Select a sqaure area where you want the eye to be and RMB > Loop Tools > Circle
  • Press i again to inset to add a nice Face Loop then LMB to confirm
  • Now you can select the Edge Loops of the mouth and eye and press Ctrl+B to Bevel
  • Optionally in Object Mode, RMB > Shade Smooth and add Subdivision Surface Modifier

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Now you have prettier topology and smoother bevels

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If you tinker around you can also come up with prettier topology without ugly N-Gons by starting with quads from a Plane object and forming it into a circle then moving around vertices.

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  • $\begingroup$ This looks great! The only problem I have is when I press i to inset faces the second time — on this step: "Select the mouth area and press i to Inset Faces then B to turn off Boundary then LMB" The inset faces feature insets every individual face, not all of them together as it does in your gif. Is there a way to group them together that I'm missing? $\endgroup$
    – Lxxj
    Jul 31 at 14:49
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    $\begingroup$ Press 'i' again to alternate between individual and not. Or in the pop up window, uncheck the 'individual' option $\endgroup$
    – Cornivius
    Jul 31 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Cornivius This doesnt work, and I'm not sure why... Same with the pressing B $\endgroup$
    – Lxxj
    Jul 31 at 16:02
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    $\begingroup$ Ror rigid bodies ngons on a flat surface are workable, you just need to divide them so they are convex (so that a straight line connecting any two points within the ngon will never go outside the ngon), then you inset those ngons to create a buffer of quads, and preferably inset again to have a double buffer of quads. Then Subdivision Surface + smooth shading won't be affected by ugly triangulation of ngons, and angle-limited bevel should leave ngons alone as well. $\endgroup$ Jul 31 at 16:22
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    $\begingroup$ @HarryMcKenzie oh, quad based topo is definitely better, just saying ngons are often good enough :P. With ngons it can be tricky to do this double inset, whereas with quads the entire space is available for bevel/subdiv. $\endgroup$ Aug 2 at 6:32

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