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Chapter 8. More Modifiers: Orderly Progr... > Merging Files While Retaining a Conn...

Merging Files While Retaining a Connection

In this section, you'll use the Edit Poly modifier to extract a line from the lofted bridge object you created in Chapter 5, Lofting: Control is Everything. You'll use that line in conjunction with the Spacing tool to distribute evenly spaced pylons along the roadway you created in Chapter 6, 3D Primitives: Building Blocks. To merge these two models, you'll use the XRef method, which allows you to maintain a connection to the original file to facilitate editing. You'll also use the Shell modifier to edit the object locally without affecting the original file.

Extracting Data Using Modifiers

Exercise 8.3 involves a scene similar to Exercise 8.2, with a bridge over the new streambed and a new camera looking down the road.


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