Select Page

Subsurf vs Multires: What’s the Difference?

My name is Matt and I’ve been using Blender for over 10 years. Today I came to understand the difference between subsurf vs multires. I’d like to share that information with you now.


Subdivision Surface is a modifier that adds virtual geometry to your mesh, giving it a smoother appearance. The extra geometry isn’t there until you apply the modifier. The extra geometry is added evenly, across the entire mesh.


The multiresolution modifier adds editable virtual geometry to your mesh. The extra geometry is editable in sculpt mode, allowing you to add finer detail to parts of your mesh, leaving other parts untouched. You can step up and down the different levels of resolution, retaining selective detail.

Best Use Case? Which One Do I Pick?

Most of the time, I use Subsurf. It’s just a general, quick way to add extra geometry and smooth out your model. Mulitres is best and almost exclusively used for sculpting. Once you get that extra detail in there, you can use that high poly Multires model and bake out a normal map to toss into your material. TLDR;

Subsurf: general smoothing.

Multires: specific to sculpting high details and baking later.

Subsurf vs Multires

More Blender tips and tricks.

Check out more articles

How to Generate a Ranger Config File

ranger --copy-config=all This will copy all the default config files from /usr/local/lib so you can make edits without messing anything up. Huge shout out to for explaining this and so much more. Took me a...

First Open Source Contribution

Surprise! I genuinely did not plan on making my first ever open source contribution today. In fact, I didn't plan on a lot of things happening this week at all. I recently got an awesome opportunity to work on a site that is being hosted on a platform called Pantheon,...

How to Exclude Specific Posts and Pages from WP_QUERY

For the sake of having something to work with, let's suppose we've got the following query:In this query, inside the $args array, there's a special parameter that allows you to exclude specific posts and pages from the query. This parameter is called post__not_in and...

Configure SSH For Password-less Connections

Preamble I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this, but it was a long time before I figured out how amazing this little file is and how exactly to put it to good use. The file I'm talking about is the SSH config file. By default, when you first connect to a server via...

WordPress Site Stuck in Maintenance Mode

Plugin Error Code 500 During Update While I was updating a WordPress plugin locally, something happened on my local server to trigger a 500 error code as the plugin was updating. On the frontend, I refreshed the page and was greeted with "Briefly Unavailable for...

Creating a WordPress Plugin Downloader

How it Started I was recently tasked with the challenge of creating a WordPress theme generator. The idea being, instead of writing your style.css file from scratch, you'd be able to just answer a few simple questions about how you'd like your theme set up, and those...

Fix Audio on XFCE Chromebook

The Problem After moving from GalliumOS to Xubuntu, I noticed that playing YouTube videos on both Firefox and Chromium would result in decent playback for a few minutes, but suddenly the audio would turn into a solid beeping tone while the YouTube video displayed the...

Adjust Trackpad Sensitivity XFCE

xinput set-prop "Elan Touchpad" "Synaptics Finger" 1 1 1 What are the values 1 1 1? This sets the sensitivity as close to the original ChromeOS as possible. Larger numbers will decrease sensitivity of various aspects. I never looked into which individual value...

Fireworks (Short Film) About the film Year: 2020 Director/DP: Tim Searfoss Writers: Matt Jones, Tim Searfoss Sound Mix: Matt Jones

Hosting Multiple Sites Using LocalWP

I've done a write-up on hosting local WordPress sites before, but I definitely prefer this method over the previous one. If you've never tried hosting multiple sites using LocalWP, then I'd encourage you to check it out. I've had really bad issues with it in the past,...