Two steps to quickly get you started with Skatter:
- 2.Install it, then start the 15 days trial Once the trial is expired, you can purchase a license here
A SketchUp model can contain many compositions. For instance, a landscape architect could create a composition for grass, another one for a tree grove, yet another one for gravel on the ground, and so on.
There are several ways to create a new composition:
- Click the New compositionbutton in Skatter's toolbar
- Click the Composition managerbutton in Skatter's toolbar and then click theicon
Extensions > Skatter 2 > New compositionin SketchUp's menus
A composition is made of three main parts:
We call the geometry that will receive scattered objects "hosts". Here, we select the terrain as a surface host.
Now, select which objects will be automatically cloned thousands of times by Skatter. We call each copy of an object that is scattered on the host an instance.
Click the Generate button to create the instances in the SketchUp model
Congratulations, you just made your first Skatter composition!
Alternatively, switch to Render only mode. This time, instances won't be generated in the model, but they will be sent directly to your render engine (V-Ray in this example).
This is very useful when you want to generate thousands of objects without slowing down SketchUp's viewport.
Browse the 3D Bazaar marketplace to find pre-configured Skatter compositions, like grass, trees, etc.
You can now play with each setting to understand what they do.
All the parameters are described in the manual, but there's nothing better than experimenting by yourself!