8. Polygons

Poly (short for polygon, or polygonal) modeling can be fun and quick, giving you a lot of freedom and control over any section of your model at any time. Autodesk is continuing to add new, advanced features to poly modeling, making this older modeling technique a very modern choice.

Polygonal objects are made up of many small planar surfaces, referred to as faces or polys. These faces are commonly three or four sided, but they sometimes have more sides. A complete poly object consists of a handful to hundreds of thousands of these surfaces. In general, the more faces a model contains, the smoother the surface appears.

Games make extensive use of polygons because the complexity of a game must be limited if it’s to offer fast interaction ...

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