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How to fix Alpha maps? Issues with Patterns in Sculpting, and Image To 3D tool

<p><br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-variant: normal; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman'"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">In truth, you can use any image for the Alpha map (you can see it showcased in Sculpting <a href="https://youtu.be/5dS-rrYLb1I" target="_blank">here</a> and in Image To 3D <a href="https://youtu.be/LBrmwR9q_bk" target="_blank">here</a>). However, it will be converted into grayscale, so it is advised to use images that have a clear contrast between light and dark colors, as it will make it easier for the software to recognize the patterns.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

How to fix Fillet and Chamfer when they break the model?

<p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">Oftentimes, we get emails from our users asking why does<a href="https://www.selfcad.com/3d-modeling-features/chamfer-tool" style="text-decoration:none" target="_blank"> <u>Chamfer</u></a> and/or<a href="https://www.selfcad.com/3d-modeling-features/fillet-tool" style="text-decoration:none" target="_blank"> <u>Fillet</u></a> break the topology of the object. This FAQ will answer that question by pinpointing what causes this issue, providing a solution, and a piece of advice on how to avoid similar issues in your future projects. Down below, you will find an image of the model that will serve as an example to showcase the issue and how to fix it.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="Showcase the model" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.1v191p5o1e3vkb3j2n1k52934316n6k2j4v1/original-media/file.4474930d-691d-42c7-ad2e-77a1a6a89745/kiesvb58_faq1.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.1v191p5o1e3vkb3j2n1k52934316n6k2j4v1/media-large/file.930b4f2f-2511-4e75-93be-252816bb8688/kiesvbte_faq1.png" /></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"><img alt="" height="15" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/v5eTiTrXxUb_OY0emkJ6iMpsSm0-qYULDZGPds4MilLUTMTjQL6Yzts59yY3yVGPxQh4jlOiaZ-wsjY181ZIrF295eqRjiXgvkdQG-jElAh65RQBQgHRwDJdAKIVYEyowy-h_8NJ" title="Click and drag to move" width="15" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <h1><span style="font-size:26px"><span style="font-family:DM Sans"><strong>Identifying the cause</strong></span></span></h1> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">Let&rsquo;s start with identifying the cause of the issue. The most common reason as to why the Chamfer and Fillet will break the model when you attempt to use them is the geometry, and more precisely, complex geometry. Both of these tools will split and move the edges of the object, and the issues will start when there is no place to move those edges or when other edges will block their path.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="broken model" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.566xi1z42311o24x1i4m4y362c6o271j103h/original-media/file.cf82f520-4401-48c9-8b39-e0c8a5deb7b3/kiesvufo_faq2.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.566xi1z42311o24x1i4m4y362c6o271j103h/media-large/file.778b262a-c967-4422-a405-85dcb1f5de07/kiesvv2p_faq2.png" /></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"><img alt="" height="15" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/IGOOKZKRxD2NDGsClaPesQyLwWt_L-DC_m_m6BsII6vlGzaJnJ7dZFQ9yd52hTkJ6lII8mHo6m7ohXljuWertOHzevWqkBBbqMa3xWyleYzXUuNt9orhEXjEA6nxa07-fBOLqW68" title="Click and drag to move" width="15" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">One of the most common reasons as to why the topology would look like that is the Stitch &amp; Scoop, or the Boolean as you might know it, but there are other ways in which you could achieve such outcomes, and most of them involve the direct modification of the topology. However, the why is not important right now. Instead, let&rsquo;s focus on how to fix this.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:26px"><span style="font-family:DM Sans"><strong>A piece of advice</strong></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">But before we got onto that, allow me to give you a piece of advice that might save your projects in the future, one so that you will not need such help in the first place. Generally, it&#39;s a good practice to create and design your model, and only then to tinker with its topology. In this instance, it means that you should use the Chamfer and/or Fillet before using the Stitch &amp; Scoop or other tools that heavily impact the geometry of the object.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <h1><span style="font-size:26px"><span style="font-family:DM Sans"><strong>Fixing Resolution</strong></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="fixing the resolution" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.3a6d155n2s1m74s5w45513p4c6916v421s6t/original-media/file.d99802dd-a1ff-4649-87b0-4d29cd217fb1/kiesw8wx_faq3.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.3a6d155n2s1m74s5w45513p4c6916v421s6t/media-large/file.9f5aed70-5b6b-46be-9f80-7b2b2f0f4f19/kiesw9l7_faq3.png" /></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"><img alt="" height="15" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/eiWTgt8WRzIpRwY71XC9_OwbuKMy9pBx2I6IEnY0prU_q7IR3PbEpWY1_mixbOnJ579UmHbsoGxj5MbmYHePZtQgy7BLTxDVpHp9fgeD2uX9Qj87xmvvYeHOKbhmOVvFeSx5w2Rp" title="Click and drag to move" width="15" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">The first step is to clear out the unnecessary detail by setting the<a href="https://www.selfcad.com/3d-modeling-features/resolution-tool" style="text-decoration:none" target="_blank"> <u>Resolution</u></a> of the object to 0. If you are lucky, this step alone will take care of the problem, but as you can see in the image above, there are still fragments that will clash with Chamfer and Fillet.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <h1><span style="font-size:26px"><span style="font-family:DM Sans"><strong>Adding Inset</strong></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="adding inset" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.463j605p5q142733116j3y6s5l541y4hg51r/original-media/file.da429b1b-aced-44e6-9188-dbad5851091f/kieswmbt_faq4.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.463j605p5q142733116j3y6s5l541y4hg51r/media-large/file.ea2f5ef9-3585-4ef6-85cf-051336997ed1/kieswn0e_faq4.png" /></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"><img alt="" height="15" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/gPkg5Laf0ndDHeVtuSA2CS2VOjXhkLuLthFhKxibfSgOUSj_tFXLBcnd-Itna-x1W6cgvFFAOhdTPhL6P_9amGexzPrix1NKPpl6sJbXnGYSdTa09UAmgwWMHxfYKg7mjIbYOXb2" title="Click and drag to move" width="15" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">The tool that will fix the leftover issues is<a href="https://www.selfcad.com/3d-modeling-features/inset-tool" style="text-decoration:none" target="_blank"> <u>Inset</u></a>. It will create a loop of edges inside the model, which will create some much-needed distance between the edges, so Chamfer and Fillet will have enough space to apply their modification without intersecting with other edges. Of course, you have to pay attention so you won&rsquo;t break the geometry with the Inset as well, which is something that you have to measure with your eyes.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="showcased modifications" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.6b29025v1s584u285j2y2q4k2548476ue634/original-media/file.dac95c9e-5162-4eca-902b-e6ab30537768/kiesx1ki_faq5.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.6b29025v1s584u285j2y2q4k2548476ue634/media-large/file.921df55c-0655-4f8f-b6dd-874a43a15b23/kiesx27g_faq5.png" /></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato"><img alt="" height="15" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/cNpqEsAw0Kzf3W1btWNPq2MfPeub56rxwSREWBUGO1WYkaxAXw5WcJK106VhAKtjsoUAYUmTK5MQZLXHml8qpaxO4YMf1bpnYAkCOYTe2vXrJRCTeRfU6utSmw-YpyeALito7BtW" title="Click and drag to move" width="15" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:Lato">At this point, you should be able to use both tools without breaking the model. As you can see in the image above, the edges moved far enough so that both Fillet and Chamfer managed to apply their modifications without breaking the topology. The model in the back showcases the Chamfered Edge Loop and the one up front, the Filleted Edge Loop.</span></span></p>

How to redeem a License Key and/or a Coupon Code?

<p><span style="font-size:16px">The procedure is identical for redeeming both the License Key and the Coupon Code.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Firstly, please head on to the <strong><a href="https://www.selfcad.com/pricing" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:16px">Pricing Page</span></a></strong>, after logging in to your SelfCAD account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Here, at the top of the page, you will see a window where you can paste both the License Key or the Coupon Code.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="Text-box for License Key/Coupon" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.1m5o5b2gb155730101m1p74y5o6m3koq3zxq/original-media/file.840d005d-9195-4aa1-88c3-64c03098e931/kfdohdn1_faq1.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.1m5o5b2gb155730101m1p74y5o6m3koq3zxq/original-media/file.840d005d-9195-4aa1-88c3-64c03098e931/kfdohdn1_faq1.png" /></p> <p><br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px">Redeeming the Coupon Code:</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">After you enter the Coupon Code, click on the &#39;Apply&#39; button. If the Coupon is valid, you will see the following message:</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="Coupon was successfully applied" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.5m303h3o1s2p1v5c4f4o6k8f5w5s692c5p41/original-media/file.db2ff426-e284-421a-98d5-2acd04bced95/kfdoi7hw_faq2.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.5m303h3o1s2p1v5c4f4o6k8f5w5s692c5p41/original-media/file.db2ff426-e284-421a-98d5-2acd04bced95/kfdoi7hw_faq2.png" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Now you can purchase the Subscription with the discount assigned to this particular Coupon Code.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2><strong><span style="font-size:20px">Redeeming the License Key:</span></strong></h2> <p><span style="font-size:16px">When you enter the License Key, click on the &#39;Apply&#39; button as well. If the License Key is valid, you will be redirected to the following page:</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="License key is ready for activation" data-original-url="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.2x4h6h23l2d646r4p21l4q2f615z3k13275t/original-media/file.1dccd34b-f85d-45f8-9e13-eb914d32636f/kfdoj3wj_faq3.png" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.2x4h6h23l2d646r4p21l4q2f615z3k13275t/original-media/file.1dccd34b-f85d-45f8-9e13-eb914d32636f/kfdoj3wj_faq3.png" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Now all you have to do is to click on the &#39;Activate license&#39; button to enjoy all the benefits of the Premium Account.</span></p>

Does SelfCAD work in Firefox private window?

<p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato">Unfortunately, SelfCAD does not work in the Firefox private window. The application requires a feature called IndexDB to work properly, and the private window in Firefox disables it.<br /> To avoid the issue, please reload the application in the standard window or try the private mode in another browser. Chrome and its Incognito Mode, for example, allows the IndexDB to work correctly.</span></span></p>

How to export and upload objects to MyMiniFactory?

<p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato">The first thing to do is to connect your SelfCAD account with your MyMiniFactory account. You can do it by clicking on the MMF icon in the users&#39; options on the top right side of the screen.<br /> <img alt="Connect with your MMF account" height="35" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.1x4h5p596a314bx6s385l5g1k4u6s555hc5y/media-large/file.c66b517c-79f3-49c5-9bee-d2d873bfc8d8/kdjvgq3m_faq1.png" width="1000" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato">Clicking on it will open up a panel on the left side of the screen, where you&#39;ll see the option to connect your account.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato"><img alt="Connect" height="139" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.36294f5o6c5m4a6b6j314t2h5l53102z3g6t/original-media/file.f3c3b1c5-8401-4501-be67-a404d9bd4623/kdjvjsje_faq2.png" width="300" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato">Once it&#39;s done, all you have to do is to select the object you&#39;d like to export and upload it to MyMiniFactory by using one fo the two following options:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato"><img alt="Upload an object to MMF" height="303" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.6z1236z3p343f212jl393w302x704e131oi2/original-media/file.10ca7252-e2e3-4031-bebc-37b52bdb3240/kdjvokc6_faq3.png" width="200" /><br/>or,<br/> </span></span><img alt="Share an object to MMF" height="100" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.113b314w6c6p1gz4d724f4rdr386b85o1y42/original-media/file.af156291-9de6-4b44-8407-d2e07d3fdd11/kdjx12ht_faq8.png" width="324" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato">And it&#39;s done! Now you can download and re-use your objects in your future projects without issues by downloading them to the scene by using the following option:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato"><img alt="Download the object from MMF to the scene" height="303" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.4a4d2v5s6u2v3hh6v5u274l275g6tj2m31p6/original-media/file.86e4e5ca-72d4-4308-9c79-c10c89350deb/kdjvru2u_faq4.png" width="200" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato">Here is a short video showing the entire process:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato"><iframe align="middle" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8YjHR6zhx48" width="560"></iframe></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato">You can also access the exported models directly on the MyMiniFactory page, in the My Library section, where you can download it and share it with others:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:lato"><img alt="Find your objects in the MMF library" height="484" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.2ls11605p3d3u1a4q3v412x6d3q4t1m4o6v3/original-media/file.d43243b4-ae33-42bf-95c0-7074ac31611d/kdjvyh9y_faq5.png" width="150" /><img alt="Download STL" height="300" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.1c5w3f4r3v2j5i6e625555440163a2b2t2d8/original-media/file.065f09e4-08b8-4a67-afd2-aaeacdcde18e/kdjw4g8n_faq6.png" width="690" /><img alt="Share your models with others" height="300" src="https://www.selfcad.com/static-content/production/faq/related-media.yr2b58c6x3k3t242m3t2g6u7228113r306h7/original-media/file.90b00b7e-18ed-43b4-8446-91f286793196/kdjw7xjp_faq7.png" width="446" /></span></span></p>

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