Just about everyone knows what a mess Booleans can make and a lot of people avoid them all together but I've found them pretty useful over the years. I was wondering if anyone else has any other uses, or tips and tricks for working with them?
Lets say you need to create some decorative wall panels
Create a spline (probably from an edge selection)
Create a profile shape (simple closed spline), sweep the profile over the spline.
Then ProBoolean the new shape into the surface of the panel.
If you make sure each piece is added as a reference you can go back to any of the spline shapes and edge the panel details. This is good for creating insanely high poly wall panels, then using the same pieces to quickly create an optimized version. It can also help in making quick changes or variations.
- On the left is a spline with the sweep modifier applied to it, it references the profile shape in the center.
- The right is a box with ProBoolean applied to it, that references the swept object on the left.
Moving the Operand
forward and back in the proBoolean effects the final detail with little effort.
Adjusting any of the splines
adjusts the final output on the panel.
You can add points to the splines to make it more complex or take them out. You can change the overall shape of the spline/swept object on the left to add rounded corners or scoops around outlets.
The same profile shape (lower center) can be used to transfer the same pattern to other panels. You can use this idea to add trim around doorways, windows, arches ect...
Very fast, very flexible very efficient, IF you can step around the landmines.
A library of helpful profile shapes
Helps clean up and optimize messy verts