Is it possible to have 2d objects pivoting automatically as I orbit through a 3d landscape, so they always face me? I remember that I once downloaded a tree-file where this automatically happened, so I know it should be possible, but I can’t remember if this was an image file or a vector file.
They’re called “billboards,” it’s on the wishlist I think, but it’s not a current feature. It’s something that’s possible to do, there was a demo of “GhGL” posted recently of exactly that.
there is actually minimum one script which does this. from my memory you have to activate it though each time they have to face you.
Yeah, I spruced this up a bit and made it a plug-in - you can give it a try - it would be good to know how it works in real life - so far only a bit of testing here. This has the
FaceCamera command as well as a couple of light utilities that I added since the code is much the same :
You’ll need to unblock the rhp file in Windows then drag and drop it onto Rhino from where ever it is saved.
FaceCamera.rhp (29 KB)
@Jaxx - it does not follow the camera - you need to run the command on the object when you need them to face the camera. It is possible to make this a little more user friendly and, at least, not need to re-select every time to update, but that is for when I have time to type on it. In V7/WIP selection sets may be helpful for now, otherwise, grouping.
Yes I have indeed found multiple threads about this now that I know of the term “billboards”. And the script is indeed pretty reliable. Especially the adaptation that allows you to use it also with curves:
, but eventually I decided to keep it more simple by copy-rotating the planar drawing (twice).That looks just good enough!