The Library allows you to load presets ready-made by us (only grass for now), or made by you.

Please note that the Library will evolve a lot in the future. There will be more content (more vegetation, gravel, carpets, etc), and the browser itself will get much better. For now it is very basic, but it'll get better.

Load a preset from the Library

Click on a preset to bring up its loading options:

"Scattered objects as" is available for built-in presets. It lets you choose between Proxies and Full Geometry. - Use "Proxies" if you use Thea or Vray as render engine. This will load proxies that link to external *.mod.thea and *.vrmesh files. These objects are much lighter and faster to render. (We are in the process of preparing the proxies for more render engines) - Use "Full Geometry" if you use any other render engine, or none at all. These objects are high-poly and quite heavy, so use them with caution.

"Render only" is the same option as in the Skatter dialog itself. See Render Only.

When you are satisfied with the options, click on "Load". You'll then be asked to pick a Host. Once you do, the setup will be automatically generated.

The scattered objects used by the preset are loaded in the model as components. A copy of these components are placed at the origin of the model, and are hidden and locked to prevent them from being wrongfully purged. But you can unlock and unhide them if you really want to delete them.

Save a new preset in the Library

You can save your own presets in the Library, that will hold options, values, and Scattered Objects.

When it's saved, the preset will appear in the Library, and you'll be able to load it as any other one.

You can managed the folders where the Library will be looking, in the Options tab

Handling and sharing presets

When you save a preset, Skatter creates a bunch of files in the target folder. For example, if we saved a preset named "MyPreset" with two scattered objects, we'd have these files:

  • MyPreset.sklib that holds all the options and values (distribution, etc...)

  • MyPreset.png (or .jpg) if we picked a thumbnail. This is used only for display purposes in the Library.

  • MyPreset1.skp and MyPreset2.skp . These are the two scattered objects that we picked in our original setup, and that were saved as Sketchup files, to be loaded as components when we load the preset from the library.

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