How can I make a n-sided ( n > 4 ) irregular polygon in Blender?
Context: I import a SVG or DXF file of a paper template (dielines) into Blender. I'd like to make a 3-D 'folded' rendering of it (paper model). Neither SVG nor DXF gives me faces, so I have to make them myself. I try to manually select the vertices or edges, and then fill them. This works quite nicely, until the shape gets too complex (for example because of wholes in the geometry). In the following screenshot from a current project, you see the problem. I can only create a series of triangular faces,... but that is cumbersome. Cumbersome is a bad thing, isn't it? :) I would like to have one face for each 'aspect'/side of my paper model, not five. Is that possible?
This is question/problem I've been struggling with for quite some time. Fortunately, there are enough work arounds, but I'd like to know what the proper solution would be.
I tried dissolving the edges and 'tri to quads' but that didn't help. Neither did beauty-fill of grid-fill.
// Update: -After posting, I saw this post, Cutting hole into a face with a line loop? that mentions 'dissolve limited',... that helps quite a bit already. And it seems that flipping normals is also needed, to keep them al facing the way.