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Modifiers

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Panel: Modifiers

Modifiers are automatic operations that affect an object in a non-destructive way. With modifiers, you can perform many effects automatically that would otherwise be tedious to do manually (such as subdivision surfaces) and without affecting the base topology of your object. Modifiers work by changing how an object is displayed and rendered, but not the actual object geometry. You can add several modifiers to a single object to form a Modifier Stack and you can Apply a modifier if you wish to make its changes permanent.

Modifiers menu


There are four types of modifiers:

Modify

The Modify group of modifiers are tools a bit similar to the Deform Modifiers (see below), but which do not directly affect the shape of the object; rather they affect some other data, like vertex groups…

Mesh Cache
Apply animated mesh data (from external file) to a mesh.
UV Project
Project UV coordinates on your mesh.
UV Warp
Dynamically edit the UV coordinates on your mesh.
Vertex Weight
Edit a vertex group of your mesh, in various ways.

Generate

The Generate group of modifiers are constructive tools that either change the general appearance of or automatically add new geometry to an object.

Array
Create an array out of your basic mesh and similar (repeating) shapes.
Bevel
Create a bevel on a selected mesh object.
Boolean
Combine/subtract/intersect your mesh with another one.
Build
Assemble your mesh step by step when animating.
Decimate
Reduce the polygon count of your mesh.
Edge Split
Add sharp edges to your mesh.
Mask
Allows you to hide some parts of your mesh.
Mirror
Mirror an object about one of its own axes, so that the resultant mesh is symmetrical.
Multiresolution
Sculpt your mesh at several levels of resolution.
Remesh
Can fix heavily triangulated meshes, and other issues, with careful Threshold adjustments.
Screw
Generate geometry in a helix-pattern from a simple profile. Similar to the Screw tool in the mesh editing context.
Skin
Automatically generate topology.
Solidify
Give depth to mesh faces.
Subdivision Surface
Subdivides your mesh using Catmull-Clark or Simple algorithms.
Triangulate
Converts all faces to Triangles.
Wireframe
Converts all faces into a wireframe (included in trunk atm).


Deform

The Deform group of modifiers only change the shape of an object, and are available for meshes, and often texts, curves, surfaces and/or lattices.

Armature
Use bones to deform and animate your object.
Cast
Shift the shape of a mesh, surface or lattice to a sphere, cylinder or cuboid.
Curve
Bend your object using a curve as guide.
Displace
Deform your object using a texture.
Hook
Add a hook to your vertice(s) (or control point(s)) to manipulate them from the outside.
Laplacian Smooth
Allows you to reduce noise on a mesh's surface with minimal changes to its shape.
Laplacian Deform
allows you to pose a mesh while preserving geometric details of the surface.
Lattice
Use a Lattice object to deform your object.
Mesh Deform
Allows you to deform your object by modifying the shape of another mesh, used as a “Mesh Deform Cage” (like when using a lattice).
Shrinkwrap
Allows you to shrink/wrap your object to/around the surface of a target mesh object.
Simple Deform
Applies some advanced deformations to your object.
Smooth
Smooth the geometry of a mesh. Similar to the Smooth tool in the mesh editing context.
Warp
Warp a mesh by specifying two points the mesh stretches between.
Wave
Deform your object to form (animated) waves.


Simulate

The Simulate group of modifiers activate simulations. In most cases, these modifiers are automatically added to the modifiers stack whenever a Particle System or Physics simulation is enabled, and their only role is to define the place in the modifiers stack used as base data by the tool they represent. Generally, the attributes of these modifiers are accessible in separate panels.

Cloth
Simulates the properties of a piece of cloth. It is inserted in the modifier stack when you designate a mesh as Cloth.
Collision
Simulates a collision between objects.
Dynamic Paint
Makes an object or a particle system paint a material onto another object.
Explode
Blows up your mesh using a particle system.
Fluid
The object is part of a fluid simulation… The modifier added when you designate a mesh as Fluid.
Particle Instance
Makes an object act similar to a particle but using the mesh shape instead.
Particle System
Represents a particle system in the stack, so it is inserted when you add a particle system to the object.
Smoke
Simulates realistic smoke.
Soft Body
The object is soft, elastic… Modifier added when you designate a mesh as Softbody.
Ocean
Quickly creates a realistic, animated ocean.