Reference Cinema 4D Basic Features BodyPaint 3D UV Edit Menu
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D

How UV Weld works

UV Weld

This command required an active selection: UV components must be selected along UV Seams. The selected elements must build a connected mesh, whose UV mesh is unstitched, on the 3D object. You cannot, for example, connect the UV polygons of a character’s foot with those of the character’s eyes but you can connect those of the foot with those of the ankle if these were separated in the UV mesh. these separated UV Islands can later be re-attached at the fitting location.

This can differ somewhat, depending on the component mode selected:

All components can be selected in any mode to automatically weld corresponding components to other UV seams.

Make sure that the regions to be connected lie close to one another in the UV mesh because the resulting mesh will otherwise crisscross.

Note also the UV Weld and Relax... command that at first works like UV Weld but also relaxes and realigns the mesh.

Note that the UV Weld replaces the previous UV Connect command (prior to S22), which worked similarly.

UV Weld and Relax...


This command can be used to re-attach separated UV meshes and Islands, which is similar to what the UV Weld command does. As the name suggests, the UV Weld and Relax command goes further: The UV mesh will also be relaxed after being welded (using ABF relaxing) and subsequently realigned.

The default state when the command is called up is UV component selections, which are elements of UV Seams as described here for the UV Weld command (the weld process works for the most part as it does there).

In the next step, the mesh relaxation, UV Pins will be included, which affix UV points at the location at which they lie. If the next step - realigning (Auto Realign enabled) - the UV Pins will no longer apply. Don’t be surprised if the UV Pins move as a whole.

What can the result look like?

In the top half of the image above, two UV polygon rows were selected (could have also been edge selections or point selections on both sides of the seam), with which the command attaches the island at the right location and/or closes a cut.

In the bottom half of the image, a UV Seam edge is selected and used to cleanly weld and realign both dinosaur head halves.

Note also the UV Weld command that works similarly but does not relax or realign.

Calling up this command can produce an error message if UV meshes without seams are found (see also here).


Use Polygon Selection

Left: initial state; center: option disabled; right: option enabled.

If this option is enabled, the effect will be restricted to existing polygon selections. Contiguous selections will be turned into new UV Islands.

Pin Point Selection

UV points affixed via UV Pins will remain unchanged if this option is enabled and Auto Realign in disabled. The command will remain restricted to the mouse’s tail, which is welded to the body via polygon selection.

If you want to affix certain UV points only for the relaxing process, select the respective points and call up the Add UV Pins command. Note that if Auto Realign is enabled, these points can move after the relaxing process has been concluded.

Auto Realign

Left: initial state; center: option disabled; right: option enabled.

Enable this option if the UV Islands should in the end cover the UV tile and be as free as possible of overlapping. You will use the Bounding Box mode, as you know it from the UV Manger’s UV Packing menu.