Use Skatter for Tree Creation


#1

Here the story goes…

I started with leaf textures like this:

I built components like these:


I skattered the components into small branch components like these:


I then Skattered the small branches into bigger branch components:


At this point I tried to skatter them into the Trunks and branches that I had already made but Sketchup couldn’t hold it any more and skatter didn’t produce anything overnight.

So I turned the leaves, small branches and bigger branches into proxies:


I thought that if I had all these assets produced I might as well use them all, as these trees I’m making are very random. So I skattered the proxies on the Trunk and Branches and I removed the skatter as render only so I could insert the proxy boxes into the tree components:



I ended up exporting each tree to a sketchup model.
My trees are like this:

The fastest component that works is something like this:

And the original branches are these ones:


#2

very interesting result, i love this!


#3

Awesome! I like the randomness. Keep up the good work :slight_smile:


#4

Thank you!

Forgot about how I made the trunks. It was a free app called Tree It. Takes a while getting used to it but then it’s capable and actually fun. Save as a preset and randomize. Tree leafs are not that great and hence Skatter.


#5

Very nice results!

You mean that Skatter was computing for the whole night and still didn’t finish? What were the settings?


#6

I don’t think it was Skatter that didn’t compute. It computes fine when it’s only proxies or if it’s render only. It’s actually an instant. The problem was, I believe, related with generating geometry for the components with all leafs and branches, so it was a Sketchup issue.


#7

Oh ok I see


#8

That is one awsome tree …


#9

Thanks… But they are nine :wink:


#10

Lol yeah I saw the 9 ones in them first row of pictures … okay all 9 look great :slight_smile:


#11

LOL! That’s better :smiley: