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Blender Print-a-Piece Ep. 6: Anatomy of a Mesh

Blender Print-a-Piece Ep. 6: Anatomy of a Mesh

Brandon Bunnie

Brandon Bunnie

About the author

Brandon Bunnie is a 3D artist and game designer. He builds and textures 3D objects for game environments as well as virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. He is well versed in the Unity and Unreal engines. Brandon graduated from the 3D Game Art program at Centennial College and holds a degree in Graphic Design from George Brown College.

Anatomy of a Mesh

Enter EDIT MODE. In this mode we can see the elements of a mesh. These elements can be used to manipulate objects into looking entirely different from the where they started.

mesh object in blender

Thus far we have dealt with whole objects. We are actually able to open these objects up and edit their individual components. Letting us create almost anything within the Viewport. To gain access to the components of an object we need to change modes. In the bottom left of the viewport there is a drop down menu that says ‘Object Mode’. We can either use that menu and select ‘Edit Mode’ or we can press the hotkey Tab to switch into edit mode.

Once in Edit mode the bottom UI of the viewport will change slightly. The one we need to take note of is the 3 buttons that look like a dot on a box (vertex), a line on a box (edge) and a square on a box (face). These buttons will let us switch between the 3 components of a mesh:

Vertex – A point in space (2D or 3D)

Edge – A line that connects 2 points

Face – 3 or more Edges connected

We can use the UI at the bottom of the Viewport to switch between these elements. We can also bring a menu to our mouse by using the hotkey Ctrl + Tab and then selecting the element we wish to work with.

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