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I'm trying to make a line of colored bubbles using an array modifier but I want them in a sort of unorganized conga line. Is it possible using the array modifier, or do I have to do them manually?

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You can achieve this by using a Particle System. Simply add in a plane, go to the Particles tab, and follow the directions:

  • With the plane selected, add a new particle system by pressing New
  • Set the number of particles to something lower, like 10
  • Set the End frame to 1 (make sure the Start frame is also 1)

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Further down the settings:

  • Under the Physics tab, select No. This will turn off gravity.
  • Under the Render tab, set the emitter to Object, then by clicking the box, select the object you want to array/duplicate (in your case, the bubbles)

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  • If you don't like the randomization of the particles, set the Seed to a different number.

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You can hide the plane by putting it on a separate Render Layer or by assigning it an invisible material.

EDIT: You can also put the particles on a line by scaling down the plane on the Y axis. If you want it on a different axis, you can just rotate the plane. And finally, if you want it on a curve, simply just replace the plane with a curve.

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  • $\begingroup$ I actually want them on a line, but I think that could work. Thanks. :) $\endgroup$ Jun 24, 2017 at 15:18
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    $\begingroup$ Yep! Also, you can put it on a line by scaling down the plane on the Y axis. If you want it on a different axis, you can just rotate the plane. And finally, if you want it on a curve, simply just replace the plane with a curve (I added this to my answer). $\endgroup$
    – Squirrel
    Jun 25, 2017 at 1:44

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