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I'm quite a beginner in this, but I've been using blender for quite some time now for my artwork (2d paintings). I was attempting to achieve an effect of an object sitting on top of a fabric in a way that stretches it. (like in the picture below- so the little stones stretching the fabric) so far unsuccessfully. Anyone have an idea of how to go about it? Thanks in advance!!
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  • $\begingroup$ Paul Gonet's answer is a pretty good one, however it can become computationally expensive. If you are planning on animating it, it is most definitely the way to go, however if you are not, I would imagine that sculpting the verts/edges either with proportional editing, or possibly just using the scuplting tools would be a better fit. $\endgroup$ – Rick Riggs Jul 22 '16 at 1:18
  • $\begingroup$ Hey Rick! I do not intend to animate it, i'm only interested in getting a high res image. your idea worked brilliantly. I'm a novice at this so I did not even consider sculpt mode but went straight for cloth simulation which I normally use. It does require a bit of practicing and I find it to be less compelling than what the cloth simulation achieves, but for now it is sufficient for what I need. so thanks again! $\endgroup$ – yaelblender Jul 22 '16 at 16:06
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Although I guess you may achieve it animating shape keys, while running the cloth simulation I think there is an easier method that fakes it. enter image description here

Add a plane and model the pattern of the stretches. Add a Subsurf Modifier to it and smooth it. Enable the Collision physics for it. It'll be the ground. enter image description here enter image description here

Now create a new plane (it'll be the fabric) and subdivide it few times with W-->Subdivide. Apply transformations to it (Ctrl+A). Use shape keys to stretch it (use proportional editing for mesh editing). Add a Subsurf Modifier to your fabric, enable Cloth physics.

EDIT: You don't need to use shape keys for this- just transform the fabric's corners (G), though shape keys give you ability to experiment with the final fabric shape, as you may tweak it very fast. enter image description here enter image description here

Press Alt+A to run a simulation. Then pause it, apply the shape keys and Cloth Modifier. enter image description here

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