I have a plane, with an animated image sequence as a material. I then have the object (below) as an emitter, emitting these planes as particles. The image sequence is a cyclic texture, so that it repeats again and again.

In short, rather than having the texture the same for every single plane, as it is below, how can I have it start again for every new particle as it appears?

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  • $\begingroup$ What is your experience with Python? Answers might be ... experience .. 1 month .. 2 months ... 4 months $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ Which version of Blender? Which renderer Blender, Cycles, or other? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 7:38
  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid I have little or no experience with Python :(. I'm using Cycles. And also, I can't just use a group. The particular image sequence begins as a swirl (in the pic above) and then rotates, and then fades out, but it's all done in the image. I don't want a separate object for each different kind of particle, unless I can change the object, while keeping the rotation / location bla bla bla... $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 7:43
  • $\begingroup$ Have you ever used a group? Have you tested with a group? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ What you wrote in the comment is not clear to me and has a bit of sluggish flavor. My experiences would tell me you would improve your variety by the proposed answer below. The particular image sequence importance is not clear. Your wrote [location bla bla bla] which does not sound of clarity or energy. Maybe some rest will restore your ThunderBolt832. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 14:50

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Blender Particles has both an object and group feature. You appear to already be using the object feature. With a bit of practice new particles can be added in 88 seconds or less. We happen to show Materials and Texture for Blender Internal Render. Cycles has a similar settings in the nodes.

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Particle System panel showing location of group information. Also showing some groups in the outliner window. Image above.

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Material/Texture/Image Sequence/Offset and Start. Image Above.

Here is a video tutorial for creating a group. It may or may not be the same version of Blender you are using. You may choose a different tutorial on the topic of [groups]. I just did a quick search.


or the manual


One way to achieve your goal is to create a [group] of particles.

  • Each plane in the group can be different. Blender can use any of the planes in the group. This feature is in the particle settings use group. See image above. I suggest you put at least 9 image planes in your group for variety.
  • This proposed answer does not use Python. If the OP has Python experience then the OP can do some of these tasks with Python.
  • The planes in the group will be different because you will take the steps to have different [start and offset and image selection quantity] values for them into the image sequence.
  • A suggestion is to create another plane as a duplicate of what you already have, then change the [start and offset]. The offset is within the image texture settings. See image above. Change to suit your needs.

  • If the original plane is in the group, then all duplicates will also be in the group.

  • Please verify and improve these suggestions and suit to your needs.


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