Is it possible to have a per object random value between 0-1 that can be used to mix two colors in Blender Internal?

I am used to using the Object Info node in Cycles to accomplish this effect, however I have been unable to find an equivalent in Blender Internal without using third party addons.

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    $\begingroup$ You could hijack the object color property; set each object's object color randomly with python, then get that into the node tree with a shadeless material that has object color enabled. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Apr 3, 2017 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ hmm, not a bad idea $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Apr 3, 2017 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ @gandalf3 I ended up using your suggestion, thanks $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Apr 4, 2017 at 22:18

2 Answers 2


This is relatively simple to do, pick your add on: Animation Nodes or Sverchok, and per Object color is easily done via Color props of an Object. You can use AN Object Attribute Out or SV Object Set nodes to change Object Color.

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Turn on Object Color in Material, and change give different color per Object, easily visualized and will render in BI.

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    $\begingroup$ My apologies, I did not specify this originally. I can't use add-ons not included in Blender. $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Apr 3, 2017 at 22:22
  • $\begingroup$ Ah... that's pity. $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2017 at 1:45
  • $\begingroup$ Python, drivers, or expression is the way to go then.... but why only Add-On inside Blender? Very limiting. $\endgroup$ Apr 4, 2017 at 1:52
  • $\begingroup$ I know it's limiting, but it is required for the context I am using this project in. $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Apr 4, 2017 at 14:43

The solution I ended up using is to give each object a random black and white object color with a simple script, and then to render those colors out as a separate render-layer to be used as a mix factor.

The code:

import bpy
import random

#set sel to selected objects
sel = bpy.context.selected_objects

#for each object in the selected group, assign a random object color
for ob in sel:
   n = random.random()
   ob.color = (n, n, n, 1)    #this sets all color channels to "n" resulting in b/w color

This results in each object having a random (not necessarily unique) object color.

I then made a new shadeless material that derived the color from the object color:

And made a new render-layer with it as the override material:

This resulted in a perfect mask that I could use to mix elements and colors in the compositor with:

random color mask


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