How to repeat a pattern on a surface ?

Hey hi everyone,

I am trying to set up a material that repeats a pattern (simple image texture) over the surface of the object in a random way. The problem is I can’t seem to succeed in duplicating the pattern : I can map it anywhere with the mapping node but there will always be only one instance of that image, whereas I’d want a thousand of them, small, big, rotated, scattered across the surface. Any ideas ?



I’m pretty sure I’ve seen “texture bombing” or “texture scatter” in these forums, but I can’t find anything right now.
Best thing I can think of is map it using several mapping nodes with various scales and rotations, and then some clever nodesetup to choose between them using noise as input.

These might be useful references

sometime ago I needed something similar… I came out by using a voronoi and a bump node and somehow use this as an UVmap… this is a very simple version of it:

@Secrop, it works fine ! The only downside is the images can’t overlap one another, I’ll have to fiddle with your setup to try and upgrade it, if I can. Thanks a lot.
@JA12 an existing implementation will go a long way in supporting my case. Thanks. :slight_smile: