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how to draw randomly spaced clones along a path ?

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:36 pm
by v1nce_2009
Hi,

I want to draw randomly spaced clones along a path.

How do I do ?

pattern tiling don't do the trick
neither pattern around a path.

Re: how to draw randomly spaced clones along a path ?

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:51 am
by kelan
If you're using version 0.47, you can use the Scatter extension for this, which is found under the Generate from Path submenu under Extensions.

  1. Create your path and the object you want to place along it.
  2. Select the object and press Home to ensure it is the topmost object.
  3. Select the object and the path.
  4. Open the Scatter extension: Extensions -> Generate from Path -> Scatter...
  5. You can play around with the settings. The most important one for your case is to change the setting near the bottom so that the original will be cloned instead of moved or copied.
  6. Check the Live Preview box to see how it will turn out.
  7. Press Apply when you're satisfied.

Oh, I just noticed you want the clones randomly spaced. Well you could do adjustments by hand afterward, or if you know some python you could edit the extension to perform random spacing.

I don't know of another way to do it automatically, unfortunately.

Re: how to draw randomly spaced clones along a path ?

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:35 pm
by syllie
There are several ways to approach this, but it needs a combination of tools.

I think one of the easiest ways is to use a combination of Tiled Clones followed by Pattern along a Path (from the Extensions > Generate from Path) menu.
A simple example:
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Hope this helps,
Syllie