If I create a Blender file with a single plane that has 10 000 particles of hair, the resulting file size is 9.9 MB.
If, before saving, I reduce the "Number" (RNA
ParticleSettings.count) to 1, the resulting file size is only 435 KB.
Because the hair is randomly generated with a specified seed (
ParticleSystem.seed), I can open the 435 KB-file and set the number back to 10 000 and get the exact same hair system generated.
In scenes where I have a lot of hair (especially grass, which can require millions of particles), I've seen differences as high as 50 MB. Taking into account the two backup files, that's 150 MB of disk (and, for me, cloud) space saved, which is a clear advantage. The downsides of this method, however, include:
- It's cumbersome. I don't want to have to remember to disable something before saving and re-enable it when I load.
- It's error-prone. I find myself adding
README.txtfiles to my directories indicating the desired number of particles for each object, because otherwise I forget and my renders are inconsistent (all of a sudden the grass doubles).
- It's forgettable. I've lost days of render time due to rendering a scene with a single grass particle because I've forgotten to reset the number. Obviously this is a human error problem, but it's not helped by Blender.
Is there a way I can attach a "save hook" and "open hook" to a file to do this automatically for me? I could easily write a Python script with custom settings for each particle system:
import bpy def hair_reduce(): for ps in bpy.data.particles: if ps.type == 'HAIR' and not 'actual_hair_count' in ps: ps['actual_hair_count'] = ps.count ps.count = 1 def hair_apply(): for ps in bpy.data.particles: if ps.type == 'HAIR' and 'actual_hair_count' in ps: ps.count = int(ps['actual_hair_count']) del ps['actual_hair_count']
The trick, however, is to have these functions called when the file is saved or loaded.
Can I attach a save/load hook to Blender, or otherwise perform an action when the file is saved or loaded?