[REQ] Recursive skattering


#1

I often need to have multiple arrangements of scattered objects. I’d really like to define an arrangement once and copy it to different locations in the scene rather than re-creating it in each location. In essence, I want to use a Skatter render-scene as the scattered object in a new Skatter render-scene.

For example, I made a lot of money recently - billions of dollars in fact. I used Skatter to construct a nice stack of $1bn in $100 bills. I wanted to create many of these stacks. It would have been useful to use the base arrangement (the $1bn stack) as the scattered object in a new arrangement.

What would be even better would be if the copied billion-dollar stacks could have their own random values (that is - the same parameters as the original stack, but a different random seed).

I love Skatter and use it all the time.


#2

This is something we’ve been considering for a while. We’re not sure how to do this, though.
What’s for sure is that it won’t be in v2.0, but maybe a later update.


#3

Cant this already be done in a way. I remember a SU tut which makes bushes using a skatter object as base.

I believe this one

If you make a single object. I believe you can then skatter it. Its been a while since ive dont this one.
though. I did make a scene, ill check if i still have this and see if this indeed has sub models. I belive thats what you’re after rigth?

You can duplicate the group/component created with skatter with right click, then rightclick again and choose duplicatie skatter. That should work, you also would need to copy the base, so perhaps group/component them into 1. I cant really recall how i done this part.


#4

yes it can if you generate in the model. But for now there is no way to nest “Render only” compositions.


#5

Well we have the option duplicate skatter group. But it will jump back to the original group. Thats a bit tedious but a logical step. Of that part could be fixed making alterations could be faster i guess.

Its the same when you loose a group or base, you cant fix it. We get a error message and than bamm gone are all your settings.


#6

You should be able to edit the setup and pick a new host.


#7

Yes that would be great, because this happened a couple times to me. There is no way to fix this error warning now. The same as a skatter object is lost, if we would be able to point a new host or skatter object. This would fix that very nice. This would also mean that duplicating a skatter setup/group would be much easier.

I think it will be a step forward to this sub-skatter setting method i think.