Smooth Vertex


Mode:Edit Mode
Panel:Tool Shelf ‣ Tools ‣ Mesh Tools ‣ Deform: Smooth Vertex
Menu:Mesh ‣ Vertices ‣ Smooth Vertex

This tool smooths the selected vertices by averaging the angles between the faces. After using the tool, options appear in the Tool Shelf:

Smoothing factor.
The number of smoothing iterations.
Limit the effect to certain axes.

Mesh before smoothing.


Mesh after one smoothing iteration.


Mesh after ten smoothing iterations.



Adjusting the smooth option after using the Subdivide tool results in a more organic shape.


Smooth Modifier

The Smooth Modifier, which can be limited to a Vertex Group, is a non-destructive alternative to the Smooth tool.

Laplacian Smooth


Mode:Edit Mode
Menu:Specials ‣ Laplacian Smooth

See the Laplacian Smooth Modifier for details.

Laplacian smooth uses an alternative smoothing algorithm that better preserves larger details and this way the overall shape of the mesh. Laplacian smooth exists as a mesh operation and as a non-destructive modifier.


Real Smoothing versus Shading Smoothing

Do not mistake this tool with the shading smoothing options described at this page, they do not work the same! This tool modifies the mesh itself, to reduce its sharpness, whereas Set Smooth / Auto Smooth and co. only control the way the mesh is shaded, creating an illusion of softness, but without modifying the mesh at all…