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Face Tools

These are tools that manipulate faces.

Creating Faces

Make Edge/Face

Mode: Edit mode

Hotkey: F

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Make Edge/Face

This will create an edge or some faces, depending on your selection. It is detailed in the Basic Editing page.


Mode: Edit mode

Hotkey: AltF

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Fill/Beautify Fill

The Fill option will create triangular faces from any group of selected edges or vertices, as long as they form one or more complete perimeters.

A closed perimeter of edges
Filled using shortcut F. Created an n-gon
Filled using fillAltF

note, unlike creating n-gons, fill supports holes.

A closed perimeter of edges with holes
Filled using fillAltF

Beauty Fill

Mode: Edit mode

Hotkey: Alt⇧ ShiftF

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Fill/Beautify Fill

Beautify Fill works only on selected existing faces. It rearrange selected triangles to obtain more “balanced” ones (i.e. less long thin triangles).

Text converted to a mesh
Result of Beauty Fill,Alt⇧ ShiftF

Grid Fill

Mode: Edit mode

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Fill/Grid Fill

Grid Fill uses a pair of connected edge-loops to fill in a grid that follows the surrounding geometry.

Grid fill result

Grid fill result

Convert Quads to Triangles

Mode: Edit mode

Hotkey: CtrlT

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Convert Quads to Triangles or Face Specials » Triangulate

As its name intimates, this tool converts each selected quadrangle into two triangles. Remember that quads are just a set of two triangles.

Convert Triangles to Quads

Mode: Edit mode

Panel: Mesh Tools (Editing context)

Hotkey: AltJ

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Convert Triangles to Quads

This tool converts the selected triangles into quads by taking adjacent tris and removes the shared edge to create a quad, based on a threshold. This tool can be performed on a selection of multiple triangles.

This same action can be done on a selection of 2 tris, by selecting them and using the shortcut F, to create a face, or by selecting the shared edge and dissolving it with the shortcut X » Dissolve.

To create a quad, this tool needs at least two adjacent triangles. If you have an even number of selected triangles, it is also possible not to obtain only quads. In fact, this tool tries to create “squarishest” quads as possible from the given triangles, which means some triangles could remain.

Before converting tris to quads
After converting tris to quads, with a max angle of 30

All the menu entries and hotkey use the settings defined in the Mesh Tools panel:

Max Angle
This values (between 0 and 180) controls the threshold for this tool to work on adjacent triangles. With a threshold of 0.0, it will only join adjacent triangles that form a perfect rectangle (i.e. right-angled triangles sharing their hypotenuses). Larger values are required for triangles with a shared edge that is small, relative to the size of the other edges of the triangles.
Compare UVs
When enabled, it will prevent union of triangles that are not also adjacent in the active UV map. Note that this seems to be the only option working…
Compare Vcol
When enabled, it will prevent union of triangles that have no matching vertex color. I’m not sure how this option works – or even if it really works…
Compare Sharp
When enabled, it will prevent union of triangles that share a “sharp” edge. I’m not sure either if this option works, and what is the “sharp” criteria – neither the Sharp flag nor the angle between triangles seem to have an influence here…
Compare Materials
When enabled, it will prevent union of triangles that do not use the same material index. This option does not seem to work neither…


Mode: Edit mode

Hotkey: CtrlF » Solidify

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Solidify

This takes a selection of faces and solidifies them by extruding them uniformly to give volume to a non-manifold surface. This is also available as a Modifier. After using the tool, you can set the offset distance in the Tool Palette.

Amount to offset the newly created surface. Positive values offset the surface inward relative to the normals. Negative values offset outward.
Mesh before solidify operation
Solidify with a positive thickness
Solidify with a negative thickness

Rotate Edges

Mode: Edit mode

Menu: Mesh » Faces » Rotate Edge CW

This command functions the same edge rotation in edge mode.

It works on the shared edge between two faces and rotates that edge if the edge was selected.

Two faces selected
After rotating edge

See Rotate Edge CW / Rotate Edge CCW for more information.


As normals are mainly a face “sub-product”, we describe their few options here also.

See Smoothing for additional information on working with face normals.

Flip Direction

Mode: Edit mode

Hotkey: W » Flip Normals}

Menu: Mesh » Normals » Flip or Specials » Flip Normals

Well, it will just reverse the normals direction of all selected faces. Note that this allows you to precisely control the direction (not the orientation, which is always perpendicular to the face) of your normals, as only selected ones are flipped.

Recalculate Normals

Mode: Edit mode

Hotkey: CtrlN and ctrl

Menu: Mesh » Normals » Recalculate Outside and Mesh » Normals » RecalculateInside

These commands will recalculate the normals of selected faces so that they point outside (respectively inside) the volume that the face belongs to. This volume do not need to be closed. In fact, this means that the face of interest must be adjacent with at least one non-coplanar other face. For example, with a Grid primitive, neither Recalculate Outside nor Recalculate Inside will never modify its normals…