Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
Maya does have multiple ways of connecting together multiple surfaces. Another really handy tool to know is called the Polygon Bridge tool. Now I'm going to use this tool to actually stick our character back together, but this time using a different method. So again, I have two halves of the character. Just like before, I'm going to go ahead and select both sides, and I'm going to do Mesh > Combine. I have a bit of a gap between the character. Typically, I can just stitch him up in the middle, but another way to do it is to use the Polygon Bridge tool.
So I'm going to go into my Front Viewport. I am going to turn off X-Ray here, so we can see. Now I'm going to go into Face mode. What I'm going to do is select both of these rows of faces right down the middle. So I'm basically going to select everything down the middle and hit Delete. What this does is it basically leaves two very open edges, basically two shells here. Now, I'm going to go back in the Object mode, select my object and go Edit Mesh > Bridge.
Let's try that again. In fact, I am going to go ahead and tear this off, so you can see how this works here. So I'm going to do Edit Mesh > Bridge. What happens is it actually finds the two open edges automatically, and creates a bridge of polygons. Now what's really cool about this is that if I go into the Attribute Editor, you can see I have a BridgeEdge right here. I can actually dial in how many vertices I want. So, for example, if I want 1, this would actually be a duplicate of what I did in the last lesson, or if I want 0, I can even make it more simple.
So now I've got my character completely stitched together with a minimum of effort. It makes a very easy way to connect open edges together. Now the Polygon Bridge tool really does have a few limitations, and that is it really does need edges that are open to each other on each side. So open edges, almost like two halves of a coconut, or something like that, and they need to have shells that are open and facing each other. Then, the geometry has to be pretty much the same between the two, and then it'll just do the rest.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
107 Video lessons · 33064 Viewers
94 Video lessons · 22926 Viewers
78 Video lessons · 9268 Viewers
147 Video lessons · 3088 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.