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Shape Magic is different from traditional 3D modelers. The following explanation will help you better understand how Shape Magic models are formed.

  1. Think of the Side View as a cardboard silhouette. Although there is no Front View, the same silhouette is used for the Front. So imagine you have two pieces of cardboard perpendicular to each other (A).
  2. Think of the Top View as a cookie cutter that will be used to cut out a thin plate (B). If the model has no top and/or bottom face, think of the Top View as a second cookie cutter with a smaller diameter that hollows out the thin plate (C).
  3. As you move up the cardboard silhouette, the diameter gets larger and smaller. The cookie cutters get larger and smaller too (B > C > D).
  4. As you cut out each plate, you stack them on top of each other. If the plates are thick, you'd get a coarse stack (E).
  5. As you stack the plates, special effects can be added. For example, each plate may be rotated slightly (twist) or the plates may be tilted (bend and curve).
  6. Shape Magic uses very thin plates. So you get a smooth model as the final result (F).

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