This may be a subject that is over-hashed, but I can't seem to get this nailed on a particular model I'm doing which as a some rather complex curves in it. A rather silly thing (that I can't get it right), but, there it is. Maybe I've over-thunk it.

Caveat: still quite the Blender noob.

I simply can't get rid of the faceting that occurs with this particular piece.

I've done:

  1. tris-to-quads.
  2. subsurf, using simple (catmul-clark destroys the piece), which doesn't go quite far enough.
  3. edge split modifiers.

I built the triskele's using bezier curves which I then changed to a mesh in order to build the solid. I'm not too familiar with the bezier functions and whether then can be used (in this case) to make the proper solid (I've saved them so can revert to them).

The ring & triangle are also bezier parts (the triangle made via the cutouts), and also converted to a mesh.

I'm open to suggestions. Two images attached to show the faceting problem.



//s// Jon C. Munson II

Rendered image

facets more visible here


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Here's some further things to try:

Autosmooth checkbox under Object Data (right above vertex groups.) This will make edges Sharp based on the specified angle. It is the same effect as Edgesplit, but doesn't actually split your edges.

Use a small amount of of Decimate set to Collapse to merge together nearby points, and/or Planar to fix overlapping faces.

Convert to mesh so that you can properly mark edges with Crease (to control subsurf) or Sharp (to control edge sharpness.)

Use the Intersect (Boolean) command under the Faces menu in edit mode to resolve intersections. Note that this will create some dirty topology that will need to be cleaned up by hand, or with small amounts of Decimate as mentioned above.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the help! Tinkering with the above results in a smoother Blender render - but only to a point, there still remain some facets. Given the geometry of the object in question, I'll just have to deal with it as-is. $\endgroup$ – Jon C. Munson II Jul 22 '17 at 12:37

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