Object Scatter Addon
The Object Scatter addon for Blender 2.8 allows you to scatter a mesh on a surface. It doesn’t have to be a plane you want to scatter on, it can even be a sphere. The add-on is already build in Blender and it makes the scene in a stroke and few clicks way more interesting. So why we don’t use it a bit more?
How to use the Object Scatter Addon.
- If not enabled already, go to Edit > Preferences > Addons and type in the search bar: scatter. Enable “Object: Scatter Objects”.
- Back to the scene, you select first the object you want to scatter, then the object you want the object to be distributed. (First the stone then the ground.).
- Then Press F3 and type: Scatter. Click on: Scatter Objects.
- Drag with the mouse (LMB) on the ground (or surface) and so you are painting the trail or stones let’s say.
- Then in the properties panel > TAB Active Tool, you can set the Density, Radius, Scale, Randomness, Rotation, Offset and Seed.
- Once that is set, you press Enter.
- Now, another interesting part is: those are all instances. Meaning if you edit the scatter object (Stone) in Edit in Edit-mode, al instance will be edited. And the fun part: It barely uses memory. So why the heck it seems that barely any-one is using? It’s so powerful.
Note: in case you see a triangle in every instance, you can edit the original object (stone lets say) and remove the triangle. Probably this is a bug at the moment. Als keep in mind you cannot apply modifiers to mutiple user-data. So in case you have that in mind, you need to do that before you scatter.
In case you want to place a comment, question or suggestion, don’t hesitate to place a comment.
24 thoughts on “Object Scatter Addon”
f3 shows me all my open windows Mac
osx keyboard prefs
Hi Walter, How did you solve it? Maybe it’s useful info for others to know.
Press fn+ F3 on the keyboard and everthings will fine
where can i download it?
Its already in Blender. if you dont find, try latest 2.8 build or RC2
hi, do you know how to fix this, it leaves me original objects like it’s own origin right at center of distribute, I can not hide it due to scatter objects hides also
image link https://imgur.com/a/gdfRvLM
when I paint objects on target object and press enter nothing happens and cant get out of it . what an I doing wrong ???
never mind ,,,was using the wrong enter key ,,,,,,,,,,
My apology, I didn’t reply, but glad you solved the issue. Dealing with some time-pressure most of the time as well.
I see weird white triangle faces when I use the scatter objects in small objects (like a small rock). I’ve seen other comments regarding this but no solutions. Have you seen this before?
I would like to have scatter objects with scale only and not the rotation. How can i achieve this?
On both blender 2.8 and 2.81 I can only edit the properties before I start to scatter. After scattering objects can not change values even I can’t change the tabs of tools as soon as I press enter.
Dude, those triangles aren’t bugs! They’re the face part of dupli-faces, now called instancing, and why the memory requirements stay so low. Go to Object tab in Properties panel, find Instancing section and uncheck Display Instancer.
Hi, I’ve activated the add on, and is showing up in the tool window. But when I select and go to the Operator Search, Object Scatter doesn’t appear for some reason. Can anyone help with this?
I am having the same issue as George. I have Blender on two separate computers and have this issue with both..
I’m having the same issue.
I use 2.83 and try 2.81 and 2.8. I can’t change the scatter settings after drawing.
You have to go to the Properties panel, for some reason the properties in the ‘N’ panel don’t update.
Solved it! It´s a problem from the 2.90 version or something. go to edit > preferences > interface > and activate developer extras (in display). 😀
note: I solved the triangle issue by scale the object first and voila !!
Thanks for the solution! I’ll keep it in mind next time I try it.
Seems broken in Blender 3.4 Alpha: `Python: Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/share/blender/3.4/scripts/addons/object_scatter/operator.py”, line 67, in modal
event_used = self.handle_non_exit_event(event)
File “/usr/share/blender/3.4/scripts/addons/object_scatter/operator.py”, line 77, in handle_non_exit_event
File “/usr/share/blender/3.4/scripts/addons/object_scatter/operator.py”, line 254, in start_build
self.bvhtree = bvhtree_from_object(target_object)
File “/usr/share/blender/3.4/scripts/addons/object_scatter/operator.py”, line 450, in bvhtree_from_object
object_eval = object.evaluated_get(depsgraph)
ReferenceError: StructRNA of type Object has been removed