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Old 10 October 2013   #1
Stitch & Sew and Bridge tools

Can anyone explain to me the difference between Stitch & Sew and the Bridge tool? As far as I can establish they perform pretty much the same function, don't they? When would you use one over the other and why?
 
Old 10 October 2013   #2
Only difference I can see with the Bridge Tool and Shift+LMB on the Stitch&Sew is you can't create tris with the S&S.

Also, you can connect things in Poly Mode using Bridge.

But yeah, a lot of their functions are pretty similar.
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Old 10 October 2013   #3
Thanks for that. I thought I must have been missing a trick! ;o)
 
Old 10 October 2013   #4
They are quite different depending on the modelling mode. Stich and Sew can bridge multiple edges and points and, with nothing selected, it acts as a weld tool. I barely use bridge anymore as I find it too limited.

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Old 10 October 2013   #5
Thanks brasco. That's interesting. I rely on Bridge a lot so I may look at experimenting a bit more with S & S to see what benefis it provides.
 
Old 10 October 2013   #6
As Brasco mentioned they are quite different. With stitch and sow you can also get different results with the use of modifier keys. The help file gives clear info on this so it shouldn't take long to work out how to use it.

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Old 10 October 2013   #7
Pretty different tools, really.
Bridge creates new geometry, by adding polygons between whatever you point it at.
Stitch & Sew will weld things together, basically, so no new geometry is created.
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Old 10 October 2013   #8
Originally Posted by fluffouille: Pretty different tools, really.
Bridge creates new geometry, by adding polygons between whatever you point it at.
Stitch & Sew will weld things together, basically, so no new geometry is created.



Unless you hold down shift
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Old 10 October 2013   #9
Yes true, in edge mode it does, forgot about that!
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Old 10 October 2013   #10
Originally Posted by fluffouille: Yes true, in edge mode it does, forgot about that!


Or edge, or poly..
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Old 10 October 2013   #11
While it works in polygon mode, I wouldn't use it over the bridge tool, for the simple reason that it preserves the polygons you are bridging (so you end up with polys inside your mesh).

But you're right, it also works in poly mode. I guess I use the Bridge tool to create geometry instead and S&S because I like to separate both behaviors into distinctive tools.

In any case, thanks for pointing that out, we learn something new everyday (or relearn if we forget!), I ll use S&S in edge mode more often, great workflow.
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Old 10 October 2013   #12
Yeah I think there's the main difference, you can't delete existing polys on a closed poly to closed poly operation with S+S. I was actually meaning you can close holes, creating new geometry with it in any of the modes.

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Old 10 October 2013   #13
Most of the time I tend to use the Bridge Tool.
If I need to connect whole loops I'd normally use Bridge on the ends, then Close Polygon Hole to do the rest in one go (+Remove N-Gons to clean it up).

I just found having to select the edge loops to S&S takes a lot longer for me.
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Old 10 October 2013   #14
Thanks guys for the responses. I've been playing around with both to feel the differences and they do give you subtle different results. Using S & S while holding Shift is a nice workflow though and seems to give this tool a bit more flexibility. That said, Bridge does exactly what it was designed for so you can't argue with that. Interesting to play with the differences though.
 
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