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  COOKIE CUTTER SCRIPT  

This is the one we do, a heart hole drilled into a sphere.

SHAPEMERGE IN BLENDER -- COOKIE CUTTER SCRIPT TUTORIAL by DOLLPARTZ

If you have read this tutorial before, note that I have added some comments at the end of it you may not have seen.

Once yer done here there may be more useful reading for you at the main tutorial page.

Notation.

SHIFT-S means the hold Shift key, hit S.

CTRL-C/'PICK MESH' means hold Control key, Hit C, then click 'pick mesh'

S/Z/'-1' means hit S key, hit Z key, type '-1' but not the quotes

START!

4 panel
Testing the limitations. This is a circle shape of 32 vertices cut into a plane subdivided only once!

dome
Another example. A domed ceiling in the making?

START

fig A: This is what my workspace looks like before I start, the cursor at the origin. Two lamps and a camera.

You can send the cursor to the origin with SHIFT-C. This is good practice cuz then it means whatever mesh or curve you add with be placed at the origin.

fig B: Add a sphere. Use ADD/MESH/UVSPHERE. That is, click ADD from top bar, click MESH from menu, and click UVSPHERE from submenu. You can decide how many rings and such you want the sphere to have. You want it to have a decent number cuz yer gonna be cutting a shape into it. For this I use the default 32 rings and 32 segments and radius 1..

 

fig C: Next add a curve. That's ADD/CURVE/BEZIER CURVE. It'll land on top of the sphere if you haven't moved the cursor in the meantime. Actually it'll be inside the sphere, but in the front view it'll look like figure C

fig D: Ok, move the vertices of the curve or the handles to form half of a heart-shape. Or whatever shape you want. Two important things to remember are that whatever shape you finally use must be closed when yer ready to use it, and it must be converted to a mesh (well, edges). We'll cover that, don't worry..

I've made the ends of the curve snap to the grid, so the ends sit on the centre line of the sphere. I did this by moving the vertices close where I wanted them and then SHIFT-S/'SELECTION TO GRID' .

     
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