BevelPro

Put a Bevel on It

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BevelPro is perfect for adding fine detail beveling to hard surface models

The new BevelPro plugin allows you to create complex bevels for meshes at any resolution without low-poly modeling. Suitable for meshes of medium-to-high resolution, BevelPro allows you to use masking and Polygroups to determine exactly which edges to bevel. Adjust and preview your results non-destructively, and even create your bevels as separate sections of geometry for use with Live Boolean.

 


How BevelPro Works

BevelPro works by creating bevels along the borders of Polygroups. It will respect masking but will not work with partially hidden meshes.

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On the left, a mesh with Polygroups; in the center, the same mesh inside BevelPro; on the right, the final result.

Step by Step

  1. Set up Polygroups on your model so that the borders are where you want the bevels to be. Mask any areas that you don’t want to be beveled.
  2. Press the BevelPro button in the Zplugin palette. This will launch the BevelPro app.
  3. Adjust the settings in the BevelPro app to get the result you want.
  4. If desired, press the Auto Apply button to see the result inside BevelPro. Further adjustments can be made.
  5. If the Auto Apply button is turned on beveling will be applied to the model before returning to ZBrush and the original SubTool replaced. If Auto Apply is off then the Boolean parts will be sent back to ZBrush where you can make further adjustments if you wish.
  6. Press OK to return to ZBrush.

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BevelPro can create additive as well as subtractive bevels.

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The BevelPro app interface. In the default colors, the Polygroup border is shown in blue,
the Bevel Amount is in red and the Bevel Offset in pink.

 


BevelPro Functions

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The BevelPro functions

Save, Load, Reset

Bevel settings can be saved and loaded using the Save and Load buttons. The Reset button will restore the factory default settings. The current settings are restored next time the beveling app is used.


Source Mesh Edit Options


Polish By Groups

The same function as in the Tool>Deformation sub-palette, this option will polish the Polygroup borders. This is especially useful with DynaMeshed models where the group borders can be ragged.

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On the left, Polygroups after DynaMeshing; in the center, the same mesh in BevelPro; on the right, the result after using Polish By Groups.

Fix edges

This option will try to resolve poor Polygroup alignment within the beveling edges, such as can sometimes arise from previous boolean operations.

Reset

Undos the result of Fix Edges and Polish by Groups, resetting the mesh to its original state.


Bevel Analysis Options


Bevel Amount

The width of space along polygroup edges that will be used for beveling. With the default colors this is shown on the mesh in red.

Bevel Smoothness

The strength of smoothing applied to the bevel contours within the mesh surface. Bevel smoothness can be useful to reduce the influence of the original mesh and create a more pleasing result.

Polygroup Angle

The degree of the maximum angle between polygroups to consider “flat” and skip on beveling. This is useful if you have Polygroups that are on flatter areas on the mesh and you want to exclude them from beveling.

Sharp

A corner detection mode. When turned on, the app will try to place exact corners in the transitions between bevels, but note that this could lead to artifacts on some curved meshes. When turned off, the corners will be smoother.


Bevel Mesh Output Options


Preview Edges

Turn on to display the wireframe of the beveled surface.

Mesh Edge Resolution

The number of subdivisions of the bevel surface.

Mesh Offset Amount

The amount of extra space around the mesh surface to be cut by the bevel. With the default colors, this is shown on the mesh in pink.
Correct adjustment of the Mesh Offset is necessary to achieve a clean result. Too small an offset may leave artifacts or separate pieces. Too large an offset can lead to the bevel penetrating the surrounding geometry.

Auto Crease

Turn this option on to crease the bevel geometry, simplifying polishing and subdividing in ZBrush.

Auto Apply

Show the bevel result within the BevelPro app. With this option turned on, the beveled mesh will replace the original mesh when returning to ZBrush.


Display colors


Press the relevant button to change colors in the preview:

Mesh

The display color of the original mesh. The default color is gray.

Edges

The point color along the polygroup edges of the original mesh. The default color is blue.

Amount

The point color along the bevel edges. The default color is red.

Filling

The color of the full extent of the bevel. The default color is pink.

Reset Colors

Resets the colors to their defaults.