What makes a model "high poly"???

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    @eclark1849 said in What makes a model "high poly"???:

    What determines a polycount anyway? Vertices, tris, or faces? What's the right number of polys for a model? I've been making some props that aren't very high poly, a soda can, a bag of chips. But when I finish the set I'm working on, I don't want the full set to choke Poser. How much can Poser handle before it chokes to death?

    High/low polycount is a relative term.
    For a given model, I would call it low poly if it has near the minimum number of polys needed to define the shape. But some shapes will need a lot more polys than others.
    0_1527584639425_Goin' my way Sis - remat 1200x750.jpg
    Those wagon wheels are a lot of polys; simple spokes would be much lower poly count. But those flower petal spokes are poly-efficient, in that they have only enough polys to retain the intended shape.

    Nowadays, my models are still poly-efficient, but they have somewhat more polys because I generally include control edges in a model, so that it retains its shape when subdivided.

    As @trekkiegrrrl said, Poser can handle a lot; the limiting factor will be the amount of RAM in the user's computer. I've done test shots of that Lothlorien enviro playset with six dressed dolls and the trees, spiral stairs, furniture, etc. and that runs 2.5~3 million polys. Not a problem.
    If I tried it on an 8GB laptop, it would be a problem. I would estimate that you'd need a 16GB machine to use a loaded Lothlorien comfortably.
    You could use it on an 8GB machine if you were selective in what you had in the scene (delete stuff which is off-camera).
    A 32bit machine would be very limited, and probably just frustrating to try rendering with.

  • Polycount: 6. No morphs needed or wanted. Rendered in Superfly.


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    A folder. Poly count: 24000+ . Note to myself was not to buy from this vendor again.

  • @Batman lol!

  • @Batman OUCH!! What on earth was that vendor thinking?!?!

  • I think the issue is people think that background props need to be high poly so as to look more "real." They model in all this detail for something that will only take up a couple of millimeters on the screen in full res. There is a great beginners tute from Blender Guru that steps you through modeling and he stresses low-poly and sub-division.

    I did this tute and made the coffee mug.
    0_1527621219458_low res mug.jpg

  • 44K polys so far.


  • @eclark1849 Ohhh, that's shaping up real nice Earl.

  • @Miss-B I have some real nice leather textures for it, but I haven't UV'ed it yet.

  • @eclark1849

    Are you modeling the purse in subdivided mode? If so, you might be able to get away with dropping one level of subdivision. I think 11K polys would probably be sufficient for that model, but not sure.

  • @Deecey I usually go up two levels when modeling. I already know I'll be taking out at least half of these polys.

  • @eclark1849

    Understood. I do the same thing.

  • Here's where a lot of those polys will come from that I have to get rid of. This was a mistake from when I had Mirror on, coupled with Blender's Solidify. So now we know what will happen if the Crisis on Infinite Earths doesn't line up properly. :)


  • @eclark1849 Actually, that style would look good in leather or fabric, so don't limit yourself to just leather textures.

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    Hi Poly versus Low Poly is an interesting discussion.

    Prime rule is : Do not see your item as a "stand alone" but see the whole picture.

    PE and V4 are around 70.000
    Roxy around 22.000
    Pauline around 35.000
    G8 around 16.000

    Later figures (Roxie, G7, G8) all dropped in polycount from the V3, V4, Miki4.

    In a basic scene:

    • Figure

    • Hair => most render engines do not "choke" on the figures, but on the hair.

    • Shoes or boots => 20.000 poly shoes on a 20.000 poly figure?

    • Clothing ( be it dress, shirt, blouses, pants) => See where this is going?

    • Props

    • And a house or room also with props to put the figure in.

    Look for the balance between the lot.

    At best : a handbag could have double the vertex count on a hand.
    The rest of the detail goes in a Bump, Displacement and or Normal map.

    Maintaining the balance between the figures and the "add-ons" (hair, clothing and props) is a fine art only the best modelers pay attention to.

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    This site gives a good demo on the balance between polygon modeling and maps used.
    You can click on any figure and turn it around to see what the mesh and maps do.
    Mesh and maps

    Blender also has the tools to bake down textures from a Hi to a Low poly model.

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    And here another good example of what to put in a mesh and what in the maps.
    Mesh or maps

    Always remember :
    It is texture you see, it is texture and material room setup you render.
    The mesh is just the coathanger to hang the textures on.

    Keeping the meshes and the textures in balance is the true art of a scene builder.

  • @vilters looks like "just" a game character to me. So disproved to me . Good textures are not enough to convince me.

  • @masterstroke If displacement maps are supported, there is no difference to a high-poly object.

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    Tja , some game characters are better looking then what Poser or DS or Clone us all, will ever produce in the next decade or so.

    Sometimes, it is better to look UP to Game characters. The time to look DOWN at Game Characters is far behind us.

    The modern game Industry, has the time, the money and the tech for some fantastic productions.