I want to get a unique random value for every face using direction of mesh coordinates. Like a derivative, position change, a unit vector based on current face's vertices. (I guess, something similar to dFdx() in OpenGL.)

I tried to find the answer on Google, but got no results, though as a software developer I think this function isn't difficult to create. Maybe some Blender experts here know the solution?

  • $\begingroup$ Bake world position to a texture image, then do a two lookups on that texture, one at a UV offset, to get ddx(UV)/ddx(worldpos). $\endgroup$ – Nathan Jul 17 '18 at 17:24

Not strictly an answer to your question, but..

To get a random value per face to be read by Cycles, you could use an adaptation of Chebhou's answer to this question.

Run this script on the active object:

import bpy
import random

obj = bpy.context.object
obj_data = obj.data
group_name = 'face_ID'

#check for existing group with the same name
if None == obj_data.vertex_colors.get(group_name): 
color_map =  obj_data.vertex_colors[group_name]

for poly in obj_data.polygons:
    color = (rnd, rnd, rnd,0)
    for loop_ind in poly.loop_indices:
        color_map.data[loop_ind].color = color 

and then use the Cycles 'Attribute' node to retrieve the generated vertex color layer by name:

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result of this example on a subdivided plane:

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I've moved the randomization into the script - I was having trouble getting a good pseudo-random number out of a 0.0-1.0 input range using nodes. If nobody points out something obvious in a comment, I'll post that as another question.

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  • $\begingroup$ I haven't yet worked with Python scripts in Blender, but will start it with your code :) But my answer (use normals) is closer to geometry, and I will use it if won't find an answer to my other question. And thanks for your reply! $\endgroup$ – AivanF. Jul 17 '18 at 19:24

I just realised that I can use normal to achieve almost the same behaviour – it is perpendicular to the direction of a face, so, it is an almost isomorphic value that gives some unique value for a face. But I will appreciate any better answer.

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