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Old 13-05-2003, 08:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy low and high poly

Ok guys, this is really a newbie question, I hope I will find the answer.
Can someone tell me the definition of low and high poly?And what's the different? I see them everywhere but I cant figure out myself. Just started doing 3d stuffs with Maya for like 2 weeks. Thanks guy
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Old 13-05-2003, 09:11 PM   #2
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Let´s see if I have my ideas right. :p

Low poly refers to models low on number of faces -or geometry-
Normally they´re optimized for game engines and such.

High poly refers to models high on faces counts and such, more or less destined to VFX. Much of the detailing itself comes from the geometry and not the texture, which happens to be a major factor when designing lowpoly.

A normal lowpoly character might have 2000-5000 faces.
A normal highpoly character might have up to 60 000 or more. (depending of course in details)

Hope this helps,
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They refer to how many polygons a scene has or a model etc.....the lower the count the less detail.....and in games it = Higher framerates....

The higher the count the more detail etc.....and in games it = lower framerate.

It also means more data for higher poly counts which = Longer Render times.


The trick is to get awesome detail with lower poly counts
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2 posts at the same time!!!.....see we care
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Old 14-05-2003, 12:21 AM   #5
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Wow, thanks a bunch. You guys are quick and helpful. I kinda get the idea but still bluring, I probably need to work more to really understand it.
By the way, if someone could like post 2 model to show which one is low poly and which one is high poly would be even greater.......
Thanks again
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Old 14-05-2003, 12:27 AM   #6
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High poly model:

http://www.simplymaya.com/gallery/ma...&sort=0&show=1

Low poly model:

http://www.simplymaya.com/gallery/ma...&sort=0&show=1
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is that right that high poly model always look better than low poly model?
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Depends on what you mean by "better". Each kind of model has its purpose. When used appropriately, either one can look very good.
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