general:retopo_workspace

Retopo Workspace
Quick Start UV Layout Tools

Whether you are fine tuning topology created automatically with 3DCoat’s Auto Retopo routines, creating your model topology from scratch, or adjusting and refining topology started in an external application, Retopo Room has what you need.

Every Voxel Layer can be worked on separately via the Retopology Groups Panel. These can be created automatically, (when Auto Retopo is used), or manually as you isolate different areas of your model for different purposes and topology layouts.

Compared to the Sculpt Room the Retopo Room is quite easy to digest having merely 4 main areas to learn and use:

  1. Tool Panel where you find all of the tools for creating and adjusting topology, as well as the tools for creating UV seams and unwrapping your topology for further modification in the “UV Room”.
  2. Retopology Groups Panel where you can isolate all of the areas and parts of your model that need specific topology and texturing.
  3. UV Preview Panel which does just what it says, displays a preview of your UV map. Don’t mistake this for an area to edit UV’s this is done in the “UV Room” after a model has been “Baked” into the “Paint Room”.
  4. The Retopo Menu - which makes available all of the “Import/Export” functions, “Baking” options as well as “Saving” and “Restoring” of your specific Retopolgy work.

Make sure that you also pay close attention to the Options that present themselves in both the “Tool Panel” and the Retopo Top Bar Tool Parameters Panel (the top, horizontal panel below the “Menu” area). The settings that are available for each type of work you are performing automatically change in both Panels.

The Retopo Tools allow you to construct totally new topology by means of working with individual polygonal vertices, polygon edges, polygon faces and polygon “strips” (rows of connected, polygons).

All created topology can automatically be set to “Snap” to the nearest Model surface. Entire loop networks can be created instantly by using a combination of Through Strokes and Freehand Strokes.

“Circular Loop Arrays” can also be made with a minimum of effort, by means of Freehand Strokes as well.
The beginnings of true Polygonal Modeling are also beginning to appear, function by function, within the confines of the Retopo Room.

New Extrude and Bevel functions allow you to extrude and bevel both edges and faces of your topology letting you add all new volume and detail to your original or imported models.

- Retopo Top Bar Tool Parameters

- UV Preview

This revised and improved Automatic Topology Creation function now produces very accurate, contour following topology automatically, that works equally well for both organic and mechanical shapes.
Auto Retopo

3DCoat provides a plethora of tools for constructing custom topology, automating repetitive tasks when possible giving you the speed you need to get your project done on time.
Manual Retopo

3DCoat has a Layer system for retopologizing meshes. This makes it easier to retopologize your meshes with problem areas and to have multiple retopology versions of the same object.

Much like all the other Layer tabs in 3DCoat, they function like the Layers in Photohop. You can click and drag Layers to reorder them, drag them to the Trash icon to delete them, hide & show them with the Visibility icon, etc.
Retopo Groups


Retopo Workspace: This video begins a series providing an overview of the most commonly used Retopo Tools, in 3DCoat, starting with the Manual Retopology tools.

Quick Start: UV Brush Mode: This video demonstrates the usage of the Brush Mode when editing UV's in 3DCoat. It enables the user to re-shape, tweak, or relax UV islands/shells in a freeform fashion.

Quick Start UV Layout Tools

Fixing Retopo Snapping Issues

RMB Retopo Menu: This video demonstrates the new RMB menu in the Retopo Workspace. It's context-sensitive and compact, to help a user work more efficiently.

4.5 Retopo Room Additions: This video covers some new additions to the Retopo Room in 3DCoat 4.5.

Voxels vs Reference Mesh: This video compares the two different methods for importing a dense mesh into 3DCoat.

Retopo Room Workflow: This video begins the Retopo stage of this walk-through; including a demonstration of using the Kitbashing toolset to quickly access and use Model/Mesh presets as starting points.

Quick and Dirty Retopo Tricks: This video covers some quick tips to speed up your workflow when working in the Retopo Workspace EDIT: Edges and Faces will have the “Relax” feature, as well as a dedicated “Grow/Shrink” selection tool, in build 4.1.13.

Retopo Project: This videos begins a short Retopo project, using a combination of Auto-Retopo and manual Retopo tools.

Quick Tip: The need to choose the correct UV map, Retopo Mesh: This video demonstrates a built-in feature of 3DCoat, when working in the Retopo Workspace, to let the user know whether they have the proper UV map and Mesh layer selected, when working on a given mesh.

Duplicating a Retopo Mesh: This video demonstrates 2 primary methods for duplicating retopo meshes in 3DCoat.

Unify Multiple UV Sets into One

4.5 Retopo Room Additions: This video covers some new additions to the Retopo Room in 3DCoat 4.5.

Retopo Tools: Transform, Extrude & Bevel:

  • general/retopo_workspace.txt
  • Last modified: 2019/10/17 14:10
  • by carlosan