Scatter is mainly an automation addon. A few clicks in Scatter may save you hours of work.
Like Hard-ops, Decal- Machin3 or Fluent, Scatter will create a complex modifier stack for you behind the scenes.
The Right Features
There is an incredible amount of features packed in this plugin, listing them all in a single page would be quite difficult, so we decided to show you a glimpse of what Scatter5 is capable of here below.
Effortless Scattering Ever
Select any objects you’d like, choose your distribution preset, then just click on “Scatter”. Who told you that Scattering was difficult? This operator also supports the new asset browser!
The texture pattern feature now supports multiple scatter-users per texture at the same time, influence by sampling colors has also been implemented, making this feature ideal for green-walls or flower-mats. ID maps is also a very useful way to control multiple scatter from one painting layer.
Useful for Everything
The new flexible features of Scatter5 can be used in many various use cases, the only limit is your imagination! For example, use the rotation snap slider to scatter hardsurface greebles on your surface.
Scatter5 manual mode was born out of a simple idea: We wanted to create an alternative distribution workflow for artists, where users are able to paint instances like you would when painting on a canvas, with a set of various brushes to choose from, that will add, alter or remove matter.
The Abiotic Factors are all the terrain features that can influence your scatter-system, they are essential to give credibility and realism to your virtual world. Especially if you are scattering landscapes! Elevation, slope, curvature, orientation, watershed, Scatter5 got everything that is needed.
The new rotation and scale settings of Scatter5 are complete and precise, you have total control over how your instances are scaled, rotated, aligned, or tilted. You can for example create billboards effects easily.
There are numerous new features in Scatter5 where the scattered instances can interact with chosen objects, for example, remove instances under a picnic table, near a building, or create the illusion of interactive collision by leaning instances near your characters.
Scatter5 has top-of-the-line optimization features available; remove instances out of your FOV, add distance culling effects, display your instances as placeholder only in the viewport, ect… Thanks to such features, you will be able to work with a high number of items, unlocking your artistic potential.
Achieve complete control on how your instances are assigned to your distributed points with the instances pick method. You will be able to assign instances by rate, by cluster, color ID maps, or even by the scale attribute, to guarantee instances with physically accurate scale.
The clump distribution method of Scatter4 has been revamped, with way more settings to influence your clump’s children scale/normal/tangent.
Create dynamic environments with biomes that can influence one another. This is done by defining attraction or repulsion rules.
The wind-wave feature will create the illusion of wind flowing in your scattered instances. Ideal if you want to add realism in your fields or grassy areas with only one click.
Our goal is really to push the limit of what’s possible, scattering-wise, in b3d. We always try to innovate new cool functionalities. For example, Scatter5 can read generated or painted flowmap information, you can use a flowmap to influence your instances tilt or tangent direction.
Complexity Made Easy
In Scatter5, you can achieve complex set-ups with ease! For example, in the hereby demonstration, we are dynamically distributing smaller clumps of grass near obstacles and borders to achieve a clean lawn scatter. The .blend file of this demo is available in our example files