Scale Test
 
 
 
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Particle View Click Scale Test in an event or add Scale Test to the particle system and then select it.

Scale Test lets the particle system check particle scaling, or particle size before or after scaling, and branch accordingly. The test provides a variety of axis options for measuring scale or size.

You can use this test to cause a change in behavior based on size. For example, a bubble could grow to a certain size, and then pop. Or an object could shrink in size until it falls under the influence of a force, like wind.

Interface

The user interface appears in the parameters panel, on the right side of the Particle View dialog.

Type

Choose the type of measurement to test. You can test actual scaling, or the size before or after scaling. Default=Scale.

For example, if the X-axis size of a particle's bounding box starts out at 10 system units, and you then use the Scale operator to scale it by 150% on the X axis, the pre-scale size is 10, and the post-scale size is 15. And, of course, the scale is 150.

NoteParticle Flow measures particle size based on each particle’s bounding-box dimensions in the particle's local coordinate space. With the low-polygon Shape options Tetra and Sphere, the result of this measurement might not be the same as the Shape operator’s Size value.
  • PreScale SizeTests the size before scaling.
  • PostScale SizeTests the size after scaling.
  • ScaleTests the scaling percentage.
Axis

Choose the axis to measure. Default=Average.

  • AverageObtains an average measurement by adding the sizes on all three axes and then dividing by three.
  • MinimumUses the smallest dimension.
  • MedianUses the middle dimension in order of size. For example, if the particle dimensions are X=5, Y=6, Z=12, then the number compared to Test Value would be 6.
  • MaximumUses the largest dimension.
  • X/Y/ZUses the specified dimension.
Test True if Particle Value

Lets you specify whether the test passes particles on to the next event if the speed test succeeds or fails. Available for all tests except True When Accelerates/Decelerates. Default=Is Greater Than Test Value.

By default, Scale Test returns True if the value tested for exceeds the Test Value quantity, but you can alternatively choose Is Less Than Test Value. For example, if you set Type to Scale and set Test Value=150 and Variation=0, and choose Is Less Than Test Value, a particle will move to the next event only when its scaling factor is less than 150%.

Size group

These settings are available when Type is set to PreScale Size or PostScale Size.

Test Value

The specific size to test for. Default=10.0.

Variation

The amount by which the value tested for can vary randomly. Default=0.0.

To obtain the actual test value for each particle, the system multiplies the Variation value by a random number between -1.0 and 1.0, and then adds the result to the Test Value setting. For example, if Test Value=10 and Variation=5, then the tested value for each particle would be between 5 and 15.

Scale group

These settings are available when Type is set to Scale.

Test Value

The specific scaling factor to test for. Default=100%.

Variation

The amount by which the value tested for can vary randomly. Default=0.0%.

To obtain the actual test value for each particle, the system multiplies the Variation value by a random number between -1.0 and 1.0, and then adds the result to the Test Value setting. For example, if Test Value=100% and Variation=10%, then the tested value for each particle would be between 90% and 110%.

Test Value Offset Keying group

Sync By

Choose the time frame to use when animating Test Value and Variation:

  • Absolute TimeAny keys set for parameters are applied at the actual frames for which they're set.
  • Particle AgeAny keys set for parameters are applied at the corresponding frames of each particle's existence.
  • Event DurationAny keys set for parameters are applied to each particle starting when it first enters the event.

Uniqueness group

The Uniqueness setting enables randomization of the test value variation. Available only when either Variation value exceeds 0.0.

Seed

Specifies a randomization value.

New

Calculates a new seed using a randomization formula.