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  02 February 2013
Question How to make a flat surface from 2 curves?

Hi guys. A simple question for you Maya guys.
I have two separate curves and I want to make a surface between them like on the first screenshot.

I did this in 3dsMax. Two curves are attached as one object and I just add Face Extrude modifier and I get a single n-gon and I can modify the curve and the surface adjusts in real time. Here's a screenshot in Max:

So I modeled the outer curve, offset it and tweaked it a bit. Now I can modify the vertices and make the surface follow the changes like in this example I did:

In Maya, I tried this on many ways and I can't make it work. Yes, I have deleted the history and frozen the transforms if that matters.
I want a NURBS surface with history so I can edit the curves and the surface updates as I tweak the vertices of the curves.
Here are my two curves as two separate objects:

They have the same direction, same starting point and obviously same number of points. If I go to Surfaces -> Planar with both curves selected, I get some weird surface with artifacts like this:

So, how do I get a surface like in Max?

Thanks for taking the time to read (and possibly reply ).
3D/VFX artist, photographer, entrepreneur.
  02 February 2013
Select both curves and then in the Surfaces menu set choose Surfaces/Loft.
  02 February 2013
Originally Posted by cgbeige: Select both curves and then in the Surfaces menu set choose Surfaces/Loft.

That's kinda close but it doesn't work. I get this.

OK, thanks for reply, I think it's a problem with my curves then, I'll try to play with the curves and post the results if I fix this.
3D/VFX artist, photographer, entrepreneur.
  02 February 2013
Looks like both curves have different number of points.
The example you show in max is not using NURBS curves but splines, the splines are very different than NURBS.
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