Inset Faces


Mode: Edit Mode
Panel: Tool Shelf ‣ Tools ‣ Mesh Tools ‣ Add: Inset Faces
Menu: Mesh ‣ Faces ‣ Inset Faces
Hotkey: I

This tool takes the currently selected faces and creates an inset of them, with adjustable thickness and depth. Think of it as like creating an edge loop, but relative to the selected edges, even in complex meshes.

The tool is modal, such that when you activate it, you may adjust the thickness with your mouse position. You may also adjust the depth of the inset during the modal operation by holding Ctrl.


Figure 1: Selection to inset.


Figure 2: Selection with inset. Options


Figure 3: Inset Operator Settings.

Determines whether open edges will be inset or not.
Offset Even
Scale the offset to give more even thickness.
Offset Relative
Scale the offset by surrounding geometry.
Set the size of the offset.
Raise or lower the newly inset faces to add depth.
Create an outset rather than an inset. Causes the geometry to be created surrounding selection (instead of within).
Select Outer
Toggle which side of the inset is selected after operation.
By default the Inset tool operates on the region around selected faces, but with this option each selected face can be inset on its own.
Interpolate mesh data: e.g. UV's, vertex colors, weights... etc.