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The Crease Set Editor, new in Maya 2014, is a way you can non-destructively adjust the creasing on a subdivision surface. I've got just a simple cube here for demonstration purposes. I'll select it and press the 3 key on my keyboard. And now we can see a smooth mesh preview. Currently, there's no creasing on this simple object. What I want to do is open up the Crease Set Editor> go to Edit Mesh> Crease Set Editor. And currently, there are no sets here.
All I need to do is select some edges. So I'll right-click and go to edge mode and select some edges. Tumble around, holding down shift to add to that selection. And I'll create a new crease set, by just clicking on the button that says New. And a new set of edges is created. And they have a default crease value of 2. I can set that value to anything I want just by double-clicking on that crease field. And set that back to 0, or I can set it to a value of 1. 2 is the maximum. That's a single crease set. I can add another crease set.
I can select some more edges. Maybe I've accidentally only selected three out of four of those edges. And I'll create a new crease set. And you'll see that I'm missing one edge. But I can add that just by selecting it, selecting the crease set I want to add it to, and then just clicking the Add button. And of course I can go in and change that crease value to something else. So now this is nondestructive. If I close the Crease Set Editor, and even if I go back to Object Mode, I can still go back and change those. And go to Edit Mesh> Crease Set Editor.
And I can go in here for example change the crease set 2 value to 2 or back down to 0.5 or whatever I choose. This is nondestructive. If I want to bake it into the mesh and make it permanent, I can just select one or more of those sets, and go up to the Edit menu, and choose Bake Crease Values to Mesh. And when I do that, I lose those sets, but the creases are burned into the model permanently.
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