Background spruces

  • January 30, 2016
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: ArchDesign
  • License: CC-BY
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Spruces made by me for a visualization project.

They consist of identical trunks with top twigs and three particle systems attached to the trunks, creating lower and upper branches and twigs. The branches and twigs are entirely made of image planes. The branch distribution is controlled by three textures, so you may alter the shape of the trees quite easily.

The spruces itself are also distributed by a particle system attached to a plane, so each spruce is created with a different seed. (Note that you must always multiply the overall amount of spruces with 100 to get the amount for each of the branch particle systems) The trees lack some realism in close-ups, but I think they'll look fine as a background scenery, where they catch and filter the light in quite a charming way.

The bark texture is from (by Markus Huber and Petra Hinterberger)


  • FoundationsofPause profile picture

    Pretty and amazing. Pretty amazing.

    Written February 01, 2016
  • ArchDesign profile picture

    Thank you!

    Written February 02, 2016
  • FoundationsofPause profile picture

    Hey, I noticed there are a bunch of double verts you can remove from layer 2.

    Written February 02, 2016
  • ArchDesign profile picture

    Thank you a lot! Wow, I can't imagine how they got there. That would explain the long render time! ;-) I've removed them now.

    Written February 03, 2016
  • alexlion profile picture

    Don't work with grafic card Blender 2.77

    Written May 07, 2016
  • julesibulesi profile picture

    Still amazing years later. :-) Thanks for these!

    Written January 06, 2021
  • StüpendøusWillStudiøs profile picture


    Written April 09, 2021
  • comethazine profile picture

    very nice good sir

    Written April 21, 2021