• Wednesday , 22 May 2019

Blender Tutorial Making a 3D Model of an Egg Using Curves, Spin and a Seamless Texture

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This Blender tutorial shows how to make a model of an egg. There are several ways you could make the shape of an egg. The method used in this tutorial involves Curves. Bezier curves, often used in vector graphics, are manipulated to create a 2D profile. The profile is spun around to create the 3D shape.

A seamless egg texture is UV mapped to the model. The texture is made from a photo of an egg edited using GIMP (see tutorial by sltexturetutorials on YouTube, link below).

The steps are –

Set up a background image of an egg.
Add a curve (circle).
Delete two of the four control points.
Using snap to grid, arrange the handles so that the curve matches the egg(1).
Adjust the resolution of the curve to give the required smoothness(2).
Convert the curve to mesh.
Use the spin tool to make the 2D profile into a 3D model(3).
Open the egg texture in a UV/image editing window.
UV unwrap the egg selecting sphere projection, scale the projection.
Create a material and texture with appropriate settings.

1. Experiment with the length of the handles to vary the egg shape.
2. Choosing resolution is a compromise between smoothness and polygon count.
3. Things to remember when using the spin tool.
– Top view
– Spins around 3D cursor, make sure it is in the centre (Snap, Shift S)
– Select all (A) before clicking Spin
– Select all again before clicking Remove Doubles
– Mesh menu, Normals, Recalculate Outside

All files used in the tutorial and the finished model can be downloaded from my website –

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19 Comments

  1. Naomi Sloan
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Thank you

  2. KirillPoezdnik
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Thank You so much! Great tutorial! And how you teach!

  3. Aboudi
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    oh my god i've been looking for a tutorial about this for 5 hours tysm bro

  4. Hongshun Chen
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Nice, thank you! I wonder if the egg would be hollow when you look at the cross-section or would be a solid object.

  5. Michael Oberlin
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Great tutorial on using curves for mesh construction; thank you!

  6. Sargon Face Saaad
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Thanks. There must be a way to turn a simple circle into an ellipse without using bezier curves, right? Just a simple circle (click Create and Circle). I tested all bend/push/pull etc etc tools but nothing makes a perfect ellipse.

  7. Catz Koen
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Thanx buddy, you really saved my arse with this.

  8. Tuber
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    How does one press otter rotate.

  9. Egglicious
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    or channal is based by eggs

  10. Egglicious
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    yeah

  11. Eggu
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    I found that actually starting with a 3D shape was faster, more efficient, and ended up with a 3D object that I could work with. I would not recommend this if you plan to do ANYTHING with the egg after modeling it.

  12. Eggu
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    This tutorial is great and all, but either I made an error or this isn't the Ideal way to build in 3d. The Bezier, when spun, doesn't make a smooth surface. There is a line that is notable when rendered. Even after subdividing and smoothing the egg, the seam remains. Should I spin more than 180 degrees? or should I try to just model the egg by modifying a UV sphere?

  13. Sean Darcy
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    That was quick and easy, thank you. Now I need to figure out how to put a bump texture on it for 3d printing.

  14. Jii-El
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Thanks a million!!!

  15. Carlos M Bonet SR
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Thank you: Iy will help me learn to use Blender!

  16. Quipucamayoc Project
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    5:48 UV Wrapping

  17. Ludwig Spiegel
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Nice tutorial

  18. Christoph Küstler
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    Ok, now how do I make a boiled egg?

  19. Adam Earle
    May 13, 2019 at 17:24

    I love this. How did you not laugh while you were making this.

    Awesome

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