Voxels require extensive hardware resources to produce highly detailed models, since they always include the entire volume of that object.

Surface Mode involves a triangulated mesh with dynamic subdivision or decimation. Allows you to get an incredible speed boost by letting you ignore volume and concentrate on the surface of your model, only.

To change from Voxel Mode to Surface Mode you must click on the V icon in the Sculpt Tree for the Layer you would like to edit in surface mode, you will then see a S icon which represents surface mode.

You can sculpt in surface mode and just hit enter to remesh like dynamesh.

Many times asset economy and working speeds are a deciding factor in how to start and finish a complex project. Volumes are not always needed when considering the structure of any given model.
Working with Surfaces is fast and efficient whether you are the owner of powerful hardware arrays, or whether you are restrained by very basic system architecture.

Surfaces also offer the advantage and ability of being infinitely refined. Add, Subtract, Intersect, Decimate, Simplify, Smooth, Harden and Blend your surfaces until you are ultimately satisfied with the outcome.

Another advantage of surface mode is that it enables the user to utilize sculpt layer information. You are able to scrub the depth slider to modulate the depth value at any given point.

You are also able to utilize tools such as Layers > Magnify SL which will allow the user to increase or decrease the depth level under your brush, then you have Layers > Erase SL also that allows you to just simply erase scope layer information locally.

. As a new universal mechanism to create custom brushes.

. Base Brush vsion 4.#
. Custom Brush vsion 202#

Know also as Multi Res Proxies, by Anton Tenitsky.
Recover has a powerful feature in the surface mode called sculpt and less you can see the layers tab in the bottom right corner so every time you sculpt something here it will be assigned to one of the layers and i can hide it and unhide it so you can have multiple layers and i can draw something else and then they will get combined together and again i can hide and hide and see how they affect.

The Layers Panel changes depending on which Room you are working in. A layer is not per object base, but kinda a scene layer.

In the Paint Room, Layers are used much like you would in Photoshop or other painting applications, where aspects of each Layer can be controlled independently, such as blending modes and opacity but with additional control over how Depth painting affects the Layer in question.

On Sculpt room, instead of colour information it has deformation information per layer. So for example one layer could be for large sculpting deformations and then another could be for fine details, etc.

Preserving Sculpt Layers

Sculpt Layers demo: Sculpt Layers demo for 3DCoat Beta development, but this is just a brief demo of it in practice. Full version is available on version 2021+.

Sculpt Layers with Multi Res Proxies: This video demonstrates the feature addition of Sculpt Layer compatibility with 3DCoat's Multi-Resolution Workflow (using Proxy meshes).

Unique Sculpting Features: This video begins a series highlighting some of the unique features in 3DCoat that helps set it apart. It begins by showing how 3DCoat leverages PBR Texture Painting and High Poly Sculpting simultaneously…taking care of two normally time-consuming and tedious tasks at once and done rather quickly.

Using sculpt layers to clone areas of a scan to spots that were not captured

Technical Information

Troubleshooting Mesh in Surface Mode: This video covers some troubleshooting tips tools for repairing problem areas of a mesh, when sculpting in Surface Mode.

Optimizing Mesh for Surface Mode Sculpting: This video demonstrates some techniques and tools to optimize the mesh for Surface Mode Sculpting, after switching from Voxel mode.

Quick Tip: Clean Surface Mesh: This video is a Quick Tip showing a few tools and methods to quickly clean up issues in Surface mode meshes, one may encounter on rare occasions. Tangent Smoothing cleans on the fly without degrading surface details or shapes.
Powerful Smoothing also fixes holes or surface imperfections, but with much more aggressive smoothing. Hitting the ENTER key in Surface mode will temporarily Voxelize and remesh the object, then return to surface mode, all in one quick step.

Multi Select VoxTree Layers

Sculpt Layers: This video demonstrates the usage of Sculpt Layers in 3DCoat, which is still in Beta development at the time of the recording. It allows the user to create layers of sculpting edits on their high poly sculpts, that can be subsequently modulated, erased or hidden.

Remove Stretching: This video covers one of the most unique and helpful sculpting features in 3DCoat. REMOVE STRETCHING.
It remeshes directly beneath the brush and brings much of the Dynamic Tessellation features in LiveClay Brushes to the Standard Surface mode brushes.

Voxel Conversion Dialog Options: This video demonstrates the new options in the Voxel Conversion Dialog (which opens when converting a mesh from Surface Mode to Voxels).
It also explains important considerations for Importing models correctly, in order to avoid faceting or other problems relating to Subdivisions.

Close Holes in Surface Mesh

Editing Individual Parts of a VoxTree Layer: This video offers a quick tip about manipulating individual parts of a VoxTree layer (in the Sculpt Workspace) or separating them into separate child layers.

Replicating Objects on Model Surface: This video begins a demonstration of various techniques one can use to create an object in 3DCoat, and either generate a 3D Brush alpha from it, or replicate instances of it along the surface of another object.

Paint Mesh to Sculpt Mesh: This video demonstrates the steps needed to send a copy of a Paint Mesh to the Sculpt Workspace (where it becomes a Sculpt Mesh that can be voxelized or have dynamic tessellation applied to it) and bake small-scale sculpting edits back to the Paint Mesh via a new normal map.

DamStandard and hPolish Brushes: Mock DamStandard and hPolish Brushes. By CareerGamer.


Voxel / Surface Mode Sculpting: In this video demonstration, the walkthrough of the sculpting tools begin; starting with the UI elements. Then other topics covered include:

  1. Difference between Voxel and Surface mode
  2. LiveClay
  3. Brush Smoothing Options
  4. Cutoff tool (Boolean type ops.)
  5. Spline Draw mode
  6. Preset Panel
  7. Multi-Res workflow (working with different SubD/Resolution levels)

Surface Mode Brush Selections: This video covers some tips for making faster brush selections, when sculpting/modeling in the Sculpt Workspace.

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