Join Larry Mitchell for an in-depth discussion in this video Plants and trees, part of Vue 6 xStream Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In Vue 6 we can create plants and trees. And so we'll do that by going to this icon, plant and tree icon. We'll hold it down and we can bring up the library of these plants and trees. It's a neat library and you can get even more plants and trees if you go to the cornucopia.com site which you can also get to from the eonsoftware.com site. And here we have quite a few trees and bushes and flowers.
And let's work with this primrose and we'll hit okay. And it's added to our scene, it's really tiny, we'll zoom up on it and position our camera so we can see it a little better. Let's also orbit so we can look down onto it. Okay and so we can take a quick little preview of this. Gives us some sense of what this really looks like.
I'm going to change my render mode to Final and I'm also going to set a render area. So we can see that this is what the primrose looks like. Now I'm going to also double click on the primrose icon. And here we are in the plant editor and we have controls for editing the trunk and branches as well as the leaves and pedals. And we have a nice 3D view.
We can use the right mouse button to orbit this and you can either set it in motion by just spinning. And even though it's spinning we can still edit it. We can actually adjust the length of the branches. And fall off, the gnarly. I guess we could make it really gnarly, and diameter. The droop.
Angle. And here we can adjust the pedal information. As well as the leaves. Besides that we can also click this icon which basically generates new flowers. And so it's a way of being able to get instant variations without really having to get in there and make all these parameter adjustments yourself.
And you can just click until you see what you like and say okay. And of course we could go up and we could use the scatter and the replicator to be able to make many copies of this as well. Let's go ahead and add more plants and so we'll come here and get to our plants and we'll add this excellent. And we'll go again and we'll add this little robo plant.
And we'll go ahead and add a tree as well. And we'll have to zoom out because we can see it's getting a little large. I'm going to pan here to put everything in the frame. I'm also going to look up my four views. It will help me to lay this out much more easily. We have the white birch selected and we'll work in our top view.
And we can just position everything very easily. And again we'll go back to our main camera. Now we had previously set a render area we can actually just drag that render area by its handles and it's a persistent guide so it doesn't go away unless we tell it to discard the render area which is convenient.
We can render this area. And so basically as long as our objects have this plant or tree icon it means that we have the ability to double click into there and edit it and even make new random versions with a click of a button. There are many object types in view and so this ability is really something that's for the plants because they're actually generated by an actual plant system, it's not just a matter of putting objects together.
We also have the ability to generate more detail on more polygons or to simplify plant. And this becomes more important if we start to work for exporting our plant. For example you may use Vue to actually create plants for other applications, for Mia, for 3DStudioMax, for Cinema40, XXI. And so in that workflow or that use of Vue, then you'll want to give consideration to should you simplify it because if you're making this tree for video games you don't want to have thousands and thousands of polygons, you want to go to the opposite direction.
Whereas if you're doing this maybe for a print application you do want to have lots of detail so it's believable. Also one you've created the variation that you like you may want to save it for later use so you don't have to hunt for it and hope you stumble upon it in the future. So then you would click this icon and you can go to save and you would save your plant to one of your folders and we'll just go ahead and click save and you get this little quick picture preview. We'll just accept these defaults and we'll hit okay and now we've added this variation of the plant to our library.
We can also click into an overall color and choose a unique color. And we can directly affect the color of our leaves or pedals. We can continue to look at this from different perspectives with the right mouse button. And you can see that as you're actively rotating it it goes to the super simplified version until you release, don't worry about that and even here you see looks like a bit of a mechanical design.
It actually renders much smoother than this. So we've directly affected the tree with all of our changes there we can see it doesn't even fit into our render area anymore, it's that different a tree. We'll just render again. So you can see you have lots of control over your plants and trees in Vue and we'll look more at the application of them as we go further into our title.