Polygonal Modeling

Reduce the number of faces in a mesh

Maya can automatically reduce the number of polygons in a mesh by some percentage you specify while attempting to retain the shape of the original. You can also paint to specify where on the model Maya can reduce more or less.

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Reduce the number of faces in a mesh.

Select the faces you want to reduce, then choose Polygons > Reduce > .

Keep the current polygon mesh so you can compare the original and reduced versions as you change options.

In the Polygon Reduce Options window, turn on the Keep Original option.

The reduced mesh will appear next to the original along the X axis.

To get finer control over which areas are reduced

  1. Select the faces you want to reduce.
  2. Choose Polygons > Reduce > .
  3. Set the general reduction percentage and turn on Keep Original, then click Reduce.
  1. Choose Edit Polygons > Paint Reduce Weights Tool.
  2. Paint reduction values on the original.

Notes

Related topics

Delete polygon vertices and edges
Polygons > Reduce