An introduction for new users of 3DCoat on the concept of mesh resolutions when sculpting as well as the difference between standard and surface voxel mode.
See also vimeo.com/31886731 3D-COAT PROXY MODE - MULTI RESOLUTION VOXEL SCULPTING
Version used in this demonstration 3DCoat 3.519A prior to "Liveclay" / dynamic tessellation in surface mode and prior to the addition of "remove stretching" in surface mode move that automatically adds polys as you stretch your form with the move tool . Video also prior to being able to merge / import polygonal meshes into surface mode as well as the addition of vertex painting .
You will notice in this tutorial that I press the Enter key in surface mode to add new fill polys on stretched and modified meshes. However be aware that when doing so when you have hand painted areas of varying polygonal resolution (tessellation) using Liveclay - pressing the enter key will remove these alterations as well as any vertex paint. To rebake lost vertex paint when pressing the Enter key (should pressing the enter key be what you intended) >switch back in to standard voxel mode and back to surface mode to reapply the stored vertex.
Lower voxel mesh resolutions help you build and lay out volume and form quickly before upping the resolution as required to add further details.
Becoming familiar with 3DCoat's brush response through a range of resolutions will greatly improve your sculpting experience in the application.
Best practice for speed of brush response and speed of work flow is to attempt to achieve maximum detail and form description at each resolution stage before upping resolutions . For example crisper edge and linear definition details such as eyelids would be added at higher resolution stages of a face sculpt.
Note that brush depth and smoothing rates may need to be lowered for lower resolution sculpting and increased for higher rez sculpts.
For a snappier brush response you may prefer to go to the e-panel and change your stroke to "draw with constant depth and radius regardless of brush pressure"
Video best viewed large.