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LINEAR VERSUS CUBIC HEROICS

If you envy superhero antics and would like to get similar admiration and respect, try this tip. NURBS models can get notoriously unmanageable in size, often for no good reason at all. In the effort to reduce CV count, a major efficiency step is to use Degree 1 Linear modeling operations over Degree 3 Cubic for flats. The default and often-used setting of Degree 3 creates a minimum of 16 CVs in order to be able to deform a surface freely. Degree 1 restricts the CV count to 4 for a flat planar surface. If the surface never needs deformation and will remain planar (the bulk of architectural scenes or hard models, for example), model with the Degree 1 option. A many-fold savings will result in the weight of your model, creating room for further detail elsewhere. File size will be held down, RAM use will plummet, you will be hoisted up as a true hero, and world peace will ensue (we all hope).

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