How to quickly fill a large area with tall grass components? (Photo Included)


#1

Looking to fill the roof of this building with individual tall grass components.

My problem is this: in order to space the components evenly I have resorted to creating a grid pattern along the roof (bubble A.) This is both time consuming when covering a large area, and also somewhat ineffective due to the complex shape an area can be.

I was wondering if there way a way to select an area (in this case the entire roof) and tell photoshop to place a component in the center of every 24" evenly spaced. Then if I desire them to be grouped tighter I could easily change the grid spacing from 24" to 18"?

There must be a way to place landscape components apart from manually inserting them.

http://imgur.com/D71jvL9


#2

These should help you apply arrays that you can multiply or divide the distance in between two copies, also can be applied radially…Peace…

http://help.sketchup.com/en/search/sketchup/Create%20arrays


#3

Have a look at Make Fur.


#4

In the near future, there will be the plugin ($) Skatter with more options too.


#5

You can run an extension over those arrays to get a less patterned, or stamped result.

See Chris Fullmer’s extensions… which adds in rotation, and also scales components as a group.



and as an alternative approach to the move tools array method… There is also a plugin called copy along path.

Using a combination of an irregular path, and then adding in the scale and rotation changes afterwards should get a fairly randomized field of tiled components.

Best seen in this video… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp_iTKs7Xcc&feature=youtu.be&t=1120

Also Chris Fuller’s Repeat Copy, as seen here… https://youtu.be/Hp_iTKs7Xcc?t=1972


#6

This is a great reply, thanks Jim. I will educate myself on the resources you provided!