Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Cutting faces and splitting polygons , part of Maya Essentials 2: Polygonal Modeling Techniques.
Many times in polygonal modeling we'll want to add detail to our models, and so a couple…of tools that we can use to add some details are the Cut Faces and Interactive Split tool.…So we're going to start off with the Cut Faces tool, and basically what it does is access…kind of a knife that cuts your model along a line that you define.…If I select my cube here and go into Edit Mesh we'll have a Cut Faces tool.…I'm going to go ahead to my options here, and I want to make sure this is set to Interactive.…
So I'm going to go ahead and Enter Cut tool and Close, and make sure it's on Interactive.…Notice how my cursor changes, then all I have to do is just left-click and drag, and as…you can see, it's creating this line on my model, and this line actually represents a…knife edge that is going to split this model along the line.…So as soon as I let go you'll see I get an edge that happens right along that line.…And this is great if I want to say cut the model in half or something.…
Now if you do this Interactive tool in a prospective viewport obviously you're going to get something at an angle.…
- Creating and modifying polygonal objects
- Editing with reflection
- Smoothing objects
- Keeping faces together
- Using the Polygon Bridge tool
- Selecting and editing edge loops
- Spinning edges
- Working with objects history
- Modeling symmetrically
- Merging vertices
- Combining objects
- Using the Crease tool
Skill Level Beginner
1. Polygonal Modeling Tools
2. Editing Polygonal Models
3. Working with Edge Loops
4. Refining Polygonal Models
5. Additional Polygonal Tools
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