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Absolute Steps

The Absolute Steps mode generates a fixed number of groups (or steps) for each parent. Steps are generated at regular intervals such that the specified number fits between “Shared:First” and “Shared:Last.”

Note: "Interval" mode is almost always a better choice than “Absolute Steps” mode.

Each of this generation mode's properties is described below.


The number of steps created.

Per Step

The properties in this group control the nodes at each step.


Sets the number of nodes in a step.


Use this value to apply a random up or down offset to the nodes in each step. A value of 0.0 means each node in the group is placed at the same position along the parent. A value of 1.0 means each node might spread out as far as the next or previous step.


Each node is rotated this amount from its initially computed angle.


A variance is placed on each node's orientation in order to achieve a more natural and random appearance.


Specifies an arc around the parent node where nodes are eligible to be generated.


Each node is rotated this absolute amount from its initially computed angle.

Align Style

When “Align” is enabled, generated nodes attempt to roll their initial orientation skyward as much as they can, according to the following options:

IndividualEach node rolls skyward independently.
GroupAll of the nodes in the group roll skyward together.

This option toggles the skyward rolling behavior described above.


The “Shared” properties are common to all generation modes and are documented here.