In my Viewport Solid Mode, I want to view items i'm adding to a plane via a collection as bounding box, but still view my terrain as "solid"

I have a plane that i'm creating a terrain via noise texture... then i'm adding a collection of items as "instance on Points"... but my computer is too slow, so I would like to see the items as bounding box.

If I go to "object properties" and change the viewport display to "bounding", it changes it for the individual items, but NOT for the ones added via the geometry node.

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link to blend file: https://filedropper.com/d/s/7IYvbKPqWqMuAH2RHgfoPDXoDwYZ41

  • $\begingroup$ did you try to add bounding box node between collection and instance node? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ Somehow I cannot reproduce the behavior. When I switch the object containing the geometry node from Solid to Bounds, everything is displayed as a bounding box. The grid, the objects instantiated, everything, if I switch only the object in the collection to Bounds, only that is displayed as a bounding box. Can you share with us your blend file? $\endgroup$
    – quellenform
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ @quellenform I've added a link to the blend file with filedropper hope it works $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris the bounding box node after the collection seems to do the trick. thanks $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris but then it's annoying, I have to remove the bounding node and add it every time I want to render. I can't have it affect only the viewport $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 18:19

1 Answer 1


The problem here is the node Set Shade Smooth!

For some reason I don't know, it overrides the setting for Viewport Display.

If you just apply the node to the objects that are actually created in your geometry nodes, then it works.

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