'Knitting' Meshes is much more powerful. Some ideas

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'Knitting' Meshes is much more powerful. Some ideas

Post by Víctor Paredes » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:05 pm

Hi. I recorded a couple videos showing how I 'knit' meshes.
The process is linger than creating a mesh automatically by using the 'Triangulate mesh' menu, but the control you get over the shape is much more precise.
The general idea is to create the mesh by following the shapes of the object.



In the case of the leaf:
- it's important to keep the midrib consistent, so I created an envelope for it.
- Triangles on the body need to follow the angle veins.
- The overall border has a double line, that way the border will never look stretched

In the case of the trunk:
- The triangles must follow the shape of each fold
- Be sure to separate each part. For instance, having two roots sharing the same triangles will restrict their movement and generate distortions
- The order in which you paint the shapes is the visual order of image. The triangles painted at the beginning, will be under the other (so during the animation you can hide them behind)

I'm using this script to transform the shapes I painted into triangles. Every shape painted is made of 4 or 3 points. Anything bigger than that won't work.

I hope -even when it's not a tutorial- it makes some sense :)
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Re: 'Knitting' Meshes is much more powerful. Some ideas

Post by slowtiger » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:34 pm

This should be familiar to anyone having used morphing software ... back in the 1999's, anyone remember?
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Re: 'Knitting' Meshes is much more powerful. Some ideas

Post by synthsin75 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:52 pm

Nice one, Victor. I've often had trouble making meshes that allow precise morphing. Probably from relying on automatically generated ones, that are either too uniform or lose some of my contours.
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Re: 'Knitting' Meshes is much more powerful. Some ideas

Post by Víctor Paredes » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:46 pm

Thanks, guys.
Yes, it follows a similar logic to the morphing software!

I just made a full tutorial about this:
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Post by Greenlaw » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:17 pm

Nice video Victor!
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Re: 'Knitting' Meshes is much more powerful. Some ideas

Post by funksmaname » Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:21 pm

Brilliant! (as always)
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