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What is the typical technique for clustering leaves?


I know you can have multiple leaves spawn from a single point and you can turn up placement/position chaos for some randomness, but I'd like to cluster leaves together in chunks that would be spaced unevenly through the tree. The effect would be a dead tree with a few remaining clusters or branches holding leaves.


My initial approach was to use a 3d noise map but I couldn't get the leaves to place themselves using that method.

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it looks like for this tree the has a pretty well defined path 2 ( the initial branches coming out of the trunk ). Lets say, the path containing the leaf geometry is something like path 4. I would use the path position of path 2 to affect the density of path 4. You could use a graph to specifically dictate where you want the leaves to be clustered.   

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