by Dušan Cvetković
Dušan Cvetković
Published November 16, 2021

Creating realistic 3D scenes with lots of details like trees, grass, rocks, and other objects can be challenging in Rhino. Populating large areas and managing all the scattered objects is difficult and taxing on your hardware. But there is an excellent plugin called Rhino Nature that makes scattering extremely easy! In this post, we'll explore the features and benefits of this incredible tool.

Overview of Rhino Nature Plugin

Rhino Nature Plugin was developed by **name** Doliwa, an architect and CG artist who runs the design studio Doliwa Workshop. After years of development, this advanced scattering plugin was officially released in August 2022.

Rhino Nature allows you to quickly populate your Rhino scenes with an almost unlimited amount of objects in a non-destructive, flexible workflow. You can easily modify the scattering settings without needing to rebake or reset the scene. This freedom is perfect for iterating through different design versions.

Rhino Nature Plugin

Key Features of Rhino Nature

Some of the standout features of Rhino Nature include:

  • Lightweight Viewport - Scattered objects are displayed as simplified boxes or points, keeping the viewport fast.
  • Live Updates - Modify the base object and all scattered instances update, no need to rescarter.
  • Smart Ecosystems - Create multiple scattering groups with custom settings and control visibility.
  • Distribution Tools - Full control over object placement on any surface, from random to grid to custom density maps.
  • Model Library - Choose from preset ecosystems like forests, grass, rocks and more with optimized settings.
  • Render Engine Support - Works directly with V-Ray, Octane, Unreal and more.

These features let you quickly create complex, realistic environments by scattering vast amounts of objects. You maintain flexibility as the ecosystem remains procedural and non-destructive.

Key Features of Rhino Nature

Seeing Rhino Nature in Action

To see how the Rhino Nature plugin works, let's look at a quick example. We'll scatter a forest across a terrain surface in Rhino:

  • In the Rhino Nature panel, browse the model library and select a forest preset.
  • Choose the render engine, like V-Ray. The trees and plants in the ecosystem will appear.
  • Click the "+" to add a new domain and select the terrain surface to scatter on. The forest populates the surface.
  • Adjust distribution settings like orientation, density, type of placement pattern, and more to refine the look.
  • Render the scene to see the detailed forest in the selected render engine.
Rhino Nature in Action

That's it! With just a few clicks, an incredibly complex scene is created. And thanks to the non-destructive ecosystem, you can tweak the scattering settings endlessly to dial in the perfect look.

Rhino Nature makes it easy to create detailed environments full of objects. Grass, rocks, bushes, debris, gravel, and more can be added to any scene with powerful scattering capabilities.

Pricing for Rhino Nature

Rhino Nature plugin is not free,, but it is very affordable for the power it provides. You can try it free for 15 days to see if it fits your needs before purchasing.

There are monthly and annual subscription options available that include access to the model library. So you can get started without needing to build up a big library of assets.

Final Thoughts

For the efficiency and flexibility it provides, Rhino Nature is an invaluable tool for architects, designers, and CG artists using Rhino.

Hopefully, this overview has shown how much this scattering plugin can improve your Rhino workflow. Let me know if you'd like me to create any video tutorials showcasing the Rhino Nature plugin!

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About the Author

Dušan Cvetković is a professional architect from Serbia with international experience in the industry. Collaborated with numerous clients all around the world in the field of architecture design, 3D modeling and software education. He's been teaching Rhinoceros3D to thousands of architects through How to Rhino community and various social media channels.