View Full Version : dropping objects to ground points

8th Jun 2014, 05:07 PM
G'Day and sorry to ask, using LW10.1 still, but anyway, need to drop a large quantity of objects, each 4 poly leaves, onto ground objects, like soil, water.
Is there an easy method please to drop them onto a specific placement / point of the lower object, without individually placing them there, one by one by one by one and ............

8th Jun 2014, 11:32 PM
What I did before getting LW with heatshrink (11.5)

Create the points where I want the leaves to be. I used a top view, just interested in the x and z coordinates of the points. Sometimes I copied points of the ground mesh (with this technique even you won't need any plugin). If random I used spray points and later I deleted those not necessary points.

Move up those points a bit far away from the mesh

Use some of these plugins (http://lightwavebox.blogspot.com.es/2011/05/addmove-points-on-background-using.html) to place the points over the surface

Then use point clone tool and your leaf model to place the leaves.

You can use Ultimate Clone by Mike Green (http://lightwavebox.blogspot.com.es/2014/02/mg-ultimate-clone_9.html) mixing it with the previous techniques

9th Jun 2014, 09:57 AM
Look for the thread in the tricks and tutorials forum about Clone+. It does a wonderful job of copying an object onto as many points as your processor and RAM can handle.

9th Jun 2014, 11:17 PM
Thanks very much for the info, will check them out..

10th Jun 2014, 02:58 AM
HeatPress plugin (32bit only), that's the plugin on which is Heatshrink (native in 11.5+) is based on ;).