[Sidefx-houdini-list] Extreme beveling?

Larry Giunta larry at gcreativestudios.com
Thu Sep 11 13:42:53 EDT 2014

Yeah, since we do a fair amount of motion graphics I've hit this snag a lot over the years.

I kind of assumed that other packages can probably handle it more efficiently … since I also assumed that this is probably a low priority at SESI.

In any event, I have had some luck dropping a "facet" before the extrude and using "remove inline points".
This can sometimes help clean up those troublesome areas around sharp corners, etc.

However, sometimes I do need to go in by hand and delete points around tight spots. 

Not ideal since you pretty much jump out of the procedural work flow at the point. 
But It seems to be the only way in certain situations.

If you haven't done so already it's probably also worth taking a look at the extrude SOP in place of the polyExtrude>polyBevel method.
It can sometimes be beneficial to use that second input to be able to control the exact shape of your cross section.

Also, being able to play around with the "Thickness Offset" and "Thickness Scale" can help solve some problems as well.

Hope that helps a little.


Larry Giunta 
Creative Director
G Creative Studios

On Sep 11, 2014, at 12:12 PM, <craigleehoffman at aol.com> wrote:

> Anyone have a good solution for making large bevels on fairly complex edges?  The PolyBevel SOP works great on large faces like a box but just falls flat on its face with tons of bad overlapping artifacts when the beveling is larger than the distance between verts on the edges (especially at corners, etc.).  
> I am trying to create nice beveled 3D Text by PolyExtruding a Font SOP and then PolyBeveling an Edge Group from it that represents the edge between the front and sides of the 3D Text and it works great… UNTIL I try to increase the quality of the Font (more verts along the edge) and the verts get much closer to each other making the Beveled edges overlap themselves in really ugly ways.
> My co-worker can do something like this with really high quality results in 3DS Max and I am frustrated that Houdini can’t handle this easily…  😊
> Thanks,
> -Craig
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