Questions tagged [modifiers]

Modifiers are automatic operations that affect an object in a non-destructive way. Use this tag for questions pertaining to modifiers and their usage inside of Blender.

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Add the Same Modifier to Multiple Objects at Once?

Is it possible to add a modifier to more than one mesh at once? I have a lot of unique objects, and I want to set a subdivide modifier to them, would I have to do each one individually? I have ...
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Keep sharp edges when using subdivision surface

How can I use the subdivision surface modifier to create more high poly meshes without ruining sharp edges? For example this mesh The sphere should be subdivided but the rim of the cylinder should ...
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How can I use an array modifier to create individually manipulatable objects?

I often use an array modifier (or two) to quickly create a grid of identical or symmetric objects, which can be really useful when modeling all sorts of man-made objects. Once I've made the grid, ...
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How can curves be converted to meshes?

Is is possible to remove the curves and only have the mesh of a tree that was created with the saplings add-on? I'd like to apply a decimate modifier to have a few low-poly trees, but this doesn't ...
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How to make a circular array using offset object as center?

We know that the there is an Object Offset option for Array modifier, but when trying to make a circular array with that offset object as the center of the array circle, it always doesn't behave quite ...
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Why does the mirror modifier sometimes give me an overlapping mesh?

When I add a mirror modifier it sometimes doesn't mirror correctly, giving me an overlapping mesh. How can I fix this?
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Rotating each iteration of an Array Modifier

Is there a way to rotate each iteration of an Array Modifier? For example, I've created the helices of a DNA molecule, and I'm trying to add the base pairs. I've got a cylinder with an array modifier....
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How can I duplicate a mesh along a curve?

I want to outline a curve in the form of text with a mesh (UV-sphere, cube etc.). How can I do that while saving mesh geometry without using the Curve modifier?
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Is it possible to apply modifiers to multiple objects at once?

You can copy modifiers from one object to other objects with CtrlL> Make links > Modifiers, or the Copy attributes addon. However, is it possible to apply modifiers to many objects at once?
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Apply subsurf modifier to only part of an object

How can I apply a modifier only to a part of an object? I want to model a goblet with a pedestal, and if I add a subsurf, the pedestal, of course, gets an unwanted round shape. How can I avoid that? I ...
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Bevel specific edges

How would one curve specific edges while leaving others alone? I'm trying to model this (circled) object, But can't figure out how to bevel side edges and leave the front-edge flat. Tried using the ...
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What's the fastest / most fun way to create a fork in Blender?

Related challenge: What's the fastest and / or craziest way to model an arrow in Blender? I tried to make a fork in Blender, but it was so boring I fell asleep. Is there a faster / more fun way to ...
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Is it possible to automatically simplify geometry in blender without losing object shape?

3ds max has a sort of modifier that allows you to take a heavily subdivided mesh and take away some of the polygons that would anyhow create a single polygon (i.e they are facing the same way).
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Good approach to make planks for a barrel?

I'm trying to make the planks in a barrel, without involving sculpting. What is a good method? I thought about an array, but haven't had too much luck. this is what I've got at the moment, but I'm ...
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Is there an unsubdivide function in Blender?

I am wondering if there is a modifier or tool that will essentially undo a subsurf or subdivide command.
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When is it useful to mirror?

Having discovered the mirror modifier I have been assuming I should always use it when modeling a symmetrical object. For instance, take a simple stool. Is it more efficient to model one half with a ...
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How do I prevent object distortion when applying a curve modifier?

This is the profile of the object I'd like to wrap... Here is the object's profile after being wrapped... Is it possible to prevent the distortion? The following post here: http://blenderartists.org/...
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Creating an implant for spinal surgery - workflow questions

Pretty new to Blender here and with a pretty specific set of questions. The situation: I'm a vet looking to operate on a dog's spine. I want to put screws in a very specific location to avoid ...
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How to add roughness to a surface using modifiers?

I'm trying to make a roughened parchment-like material. I don't want to just use a texture, because I want to take a low-angle shot that lets me see the actual bumps in the surface. I currently have ...
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Convert Cycles Hair Particle System to Mesh Object

I'm hoping this community can help me solve a issue. I have created a cycles hair particle system to render grass. This is successful in rendering and works great. However I want to convert this ...
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Worms crawling under skin

I wanted to create a scene where you can see a worm crawling underneath the skin of a person's belly. I've tried it with the tools provided in Blender like the deform modifiers (mostly I tried with ...
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A reliable way to make a brick tower

I have been trying to make a brick tower, but the method I'm using doesn't seems too reliable. This is the method I'm using: Move the brick origin to the center, followed by an empty object/array to ...
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How to model braided nylon sleeve

I am trying to make a model of a braided nylon sleve which I want to use for kitbashing. Here is what im trying to make I know how to make the tube inside and everything, but I'm struggling with the ...
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Can modifiers such as “Subdivision” and “Array” be “animated”?

Suppose I wanted to animate an object growing out of the ground, or turning from a cube to a much smoother shape, could I animate this using modifiers and key frames? I know I can use shape keys to ...
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Create a wire coil

I want to create this: Note that wire lay chaotically, so spiral object not the same thing. There is a cool way to do this task in 3ds max: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAIrlxPUnqM Basically he ...
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How do I take a flat model and wrap around an axis like a wheel?

I am making tread for a car and I made a simple pattern for one section and then duplicated it a bunch of times using an array. What I want to do now is take the model that is flat and wrap it around ...
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Model as multiple unique thin sheets

I am looking for the best way to make a model comprising of many thin layers.. each with their own unique shape and editability...such as this: Would it be best to model the object first then divide ...
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Split a mesh with a plane

I'm trying to split a mesh into two pieces along a plane like in this video, using Blender 2.62. The closest I can come to splitting a mesh into two pieces along a plane is this: Add a plane Grab ...
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How can I create a hollow sphere with regularly spaced holes?

My latest attempt has involved a hexagon shape repeated with array modifiers. I then tried wrapping this over a sphere with the shrinkwrap modifier, but that didn't seem to work so well. I couldn'...
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Modeling hexagon pinhole lens for 3D printing

I'm trying to model and 3D print pinhole lenses / glasses but I'm having some trouble creating the hexagon shape with array modifiers. The lens shape I'm trying to get is below. I was thinking of ...
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Repeating objects along a path

Is it possible to repeat my track object along a path? I tried using the method shown here Extrude along path using an array and then a curve modifier, but this happened when I added the curve ...
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Can Blender “un-smooth” a mesh?

When a mesh is smoothed, every selected vertex is moved towards the average position of its neighbors. Is there a way to do the opposite, given a mesh with bumps, curves and corners, to move selected ...
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How to create an array of lamps?

Following this question. Since you can't use an array modifier on lamps, how can you create an array so that all lights are clones of the same original and can be edited as one?
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How to apply a modifier in V2.9+

Why I can't apply mirror modifier? Here's screen
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Why doesn't the boolean modifier work for me?

I want to use the top half of the circle to make a cut but whenever I apply the boolean modifier, the circle just stays there and becomes attached to my other object. I've managed to make the cut in ...
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Mirror modifier is not working, no mirrored object?

I'm learning how to use the mirror modifier and I am having some trouble. When I apply the modifier to my object I don't see a mirrored version of it. What am I doing wrong?
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How was that render created with Tissue add-on?

So the makers of the Tissue addon for Blender (for Tesselation) have uploaded this picture on their website co-de-it.com under the topic of the "Dual Mesh"-Functionality in Tissue: Since I am fairly ...
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How to curve my mesh

I'd like to curve my object, but I'm considering two options. The first one is to make the object up with lots of vertices, like a sphere can be. The second is to apply some kind of modifier curve to ...
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How to create twisted wires in Blender

This object was created in Cinema 4D. How can you recreate it in Blender?
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Is there a “Volume Select” equivalent in Blender?

3D Studio has a modifier called "Volume Select" that allows using an element's geometry as a sort of selection force field that influences elements in its path. It can be used to transform many at ...
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Is it possible to make a modifier with a python addon?

Is it possible to make python addon as a modifier? I just would like to make some deformation modifiers. But I know only python.
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How can I easily animate cutaway views on multiple objects?

I'm trying to create animated cutaway views on multiple objects in my scene. For example, in my car model, the seats and other interior objects are separate objects. This question talks about using ...
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Using Texture Nodes for the Displace Modifier

I'm trying to make some procedural textures that will give me a result like this: - this one is said to have been a voronoi + a clouds texture and I figured the best way to combine those is to use ...
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How to make water not pass through bottom of floating object?

I made an ocean using the ocean modifier, and placed into the ocean a floating object - basin, using this lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11F1NRpqrzY How to make water not pass through the ...
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How do I create array of objects of alternating color?

I want to create a chain that alternates between two colors every x chain link. This is what I want to model: The best I could do was use the wave texture node, but then I get chain links that are ...
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How can I create twisted geometry?

I have attached an image as an example below. I want to twist a rectangle. Do I have to convert that rectangle into a curve or into mesh and then twist it with ctrl+T? Please explain with an example....
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Error: modifier cannot be applied on multi-user data

I couldn't apply a Boolean Modifier to duplicate linked object and object array. I got this message in both case: modifier cannot be applied on multi-user data Why couldn't I apply the Boolean ...
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Adding a 'distortion effect' to a model

I'm trying to add a 'distorted' effect to a model. Are there any tools that can make this a more easy process? Pictures with the effect I'm going for below.
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What is the difference between a subdivision surface modifier and multiresolution modifier?

I'm currently modeling my game character in Blender (see below picture). What is the difference between a subdivision surface modifier and a multiresolution modifier? I know they smooth the surface ...
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How should clothes be modified to fit a character model?

Starting with a prefab model of t-shirt I tried to scale it to fit better but the result isn't satisfying. Some parts of the models mesh become visible. Is there any option or modifier that could ...

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