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26. June 2015

 

The lattice object/modifier pairing is a under appreciated modeling tool in Blender, which makes it fast and simple to make sweeping changes to high density polygon meshes, in a way much faster than even sculpting.

 

This quick Blender Tip tutorial video ( available in HD here ), illustrates the process.

 

 

Basically, you envelop your existing mesh in a Lattice Object:

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Like so:

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Zoomed to illustrate better:

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Then in object mode with your mesh selected, go to the modifiers tab and add a Lattice Modifier, click Object and select your Lattice:

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Now select the Lattice object, and set the number of divisions you wish ( how many control points in each direction ):

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Switch to Edit mode and make whatever alterations you wish, changes to the lattice will be applied to the underlying shape:

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When done, with the Mesh selected, go to modifiers and click Apply:

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You can now delete the Lattice, and tada, updated polygon mesh:

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The video also shows how to set a shape key for animation if you are curious. 

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