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 12-12-2009, 12:31 AM #1 ben hobden Subscriber     Join Date: Jul 2008 Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK Posts: 1,162 Thanks: 13 Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts smoothing normals options Hi all. I have just been watching a video tutorial by Alex Alvarez, 'the making of smile'. In one bit, when he brought a sculpted model from zbrush into maya, he went to soften the normals. But rather than just press 'soften edge', he clicked 'set normal angle' and then cranked the angle right up. Obviously doing it that way gives a greater degree of control, but are there any obvious differences between the two ways of smoothing the normals? does one just do the edges while the other does the whole lot? any particular instances where youd definitely opt for one over the other? ive never come across this 'set normal angle' feature before...
 12-12-2009, 07:29 PM #2 NextDesign Technical Director     Join Date: Feb 2004 Posts: 2,988 Thanks: 33 Thanked 532 Times in 471 Posts Soften edges sets the normal angle to 180. Harden sets it to 0. It's just a quicker way of doing those two numbers. __________________ Imagination is more important than knowledge.
 12-12-2009, 08:39 PM #3 ben hobden Subscriber     Join Date: Jul 2008 Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK Posts: 1,162 Thanks: 13 Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts ah. So nothing major then.
 13-12-2009, 01:06 PM #4 iamcreasy Registered User     Join Date: Jun 2008 Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Posts: 168 Thanks: 6 Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts What is the purpose of angles between 180 and 0 then?
 13-12-2009, 02:45 PM #5 gubar Registered User   Join Date: Mar 2007 Posts: 1,055 Thanks: 2 Thanked 59 Times in 56 Posts You can vary the hardness/softness of the normals. Just try some different settings and render to see the difference. You can even just see the changes update in the viewport. cheers gubar
 13-12-2009, 03:14 PM #6 iamcreasy Registered User     Join Date: Jun 2008 Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Posts: 168 Thanks: 6 Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts can u show me an example where i should use something other then 180 or 0? :blush:
 13-12-2009, 03:17 PM #7 ben hobden Subscriber     Join Date: Jul 2008 Location: Chelmsford, Essex, UK Posts: 1,162 Thanks: 13 Thanked 89 Times in 85 Posts A rubicks cube being blown up?
 13-12-2009, 03:55 PM #8 NextDesign Technical Director     Join Date: Feb 2004 Posts: 2,988 Thanks: 33 Thanked 532 Times in 471 Posts What the angles are, is that it will make anything hard under a certain degree, and softer over. For example, set at 89 degrees, any angle less than 89 will be hard (ex 62), and above (ex 120) will be soft. __________________ Imagination is more important than knowledge.
 13-12-2009, 04:00 PM #9 iamcreasy Registered User     Join Date: Jun 2008 Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Posts: 168 Thanks: 6 Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts Delete this post please. Last edited by iamcreasy : 13-12-2009 at 04:16 PM.
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 Originally posted by ben hobden A rubicks cube being blown up?
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