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.

Object Scatter addon user interface
Object Scatter User Interface.
  • 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.

EV Express update to 10.3 on Blender Market And Gumroad. Eight presets added that each contain a building, lights and probes. All you have to do is bake indirect light and fill the building with assets.

New Media Supply

Graphic- and 3D design.

14 thoughts on “Object Scatter Addon

  • July 2, 2019 at 6:26 am
    Permalink

    f3 shows me all my open windows Mac

    Reply
  • July 2, 2019 at 6:31 am
    Permalink

    never mind.
    osx keyboard prefs

    Reply
    • July 3, 2019 at 10:13 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Walter, How did you solve it? Maybe it’s useful info for others to know.
      Robert

      Reply
      • July 31, 2019 at 3:28 pm
        Permalink

        Press fn+ F3 on the keyboard and everthings will fine

        Reply
  • August 5, 2019 at 7:29 am
    Permalink

    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

    Reply
  • October 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm
    Permalink

    when I paint objects on target object and press enter nothing happens and cant get out of it . what an I doing wrong ???

    Reply
      • October 30, 2019 at 8:06 pm
        Permalink

        My apology, I didn’t reply, but glad you solved the issue. Dealing with some time-pressure most of the time as well.

        Reply
  • December 10, 2019 at 5:34 am
    Permalink

    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?

    Reply
  • January 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm
    Permalink

    I would like to have scatter objects with scale only and not the rotation. How can i achieve this?

    Reply
  • January 23, 2020 at 12:20 am
    Permalink

    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.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.