Blender 2.8 particle system using a collection, need objects to be enabled for rendering

When choosing “Render As” collection under Particles->Render (Emitter or Hair doesnt matter) all the objects of the collection have to be enabled for rendering or they won’t show up.

In Blender 2.8 it is possible to “Render As” an Object and disable that object for rendering, but it will still show up in the particle system. This makes sense since you often only design the Object to be featured in the particle system and you need to hide it somewhere in the scene otherwise. It would just be logical and intuitive to experience the same behavior with collections.

It cost me quite some time to figure out, why my particles won’t render. Probably because I’m still quite new to Blender and switched early to the Beta. I checked back in Blender 2.79 groups and single objects, both need to be enabled for rendering to show up in the particle system. So being able to render disabled objects in particle systems is new to Blender 2.8, I guess?

This behavior is very useful, but the inconsistency can really lead to confusion, especially because the objects in the collection can be disabled for the viewport but will still render in the particle system (even in rendered view). This is not the case for the actual final render!

The two uploaded images illustrate the described issue.
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Glad I came across your post. I was having the same trouble. I have a collection with all unrendered objects. One of those object is specifically for the particle shapes. Guess I’ll have to move this off screen for now.

Glad it helped someone. It also took me some time to to realize why my render misses only some of the particles (those from collections).

Quick google search got me here. Just got the same issue. Particles show on viewport but not on final render.

@brecht this is a bug (not intended behavior), correct? It’s still in 2.81a and confused me for quite a long time. It shows in the viewport render but not the final render. Is there a bug report for this or should it be reported?

Please report potential bugs to the tracker to be handled by triagers there, with full information including .blend file.

@Accelero can you please point me to any bug report for this?

Blender 2.93 is still affected by this bug.

Hey, I noticed there is still confused about this behavior and I had another look into that. The current behavior (v2.93.5) is still the following:

I checked the bug tracker and this is not a bug. One is supposed to use the “exclude collection from view layer” to hide the collection and its objects from rendering and showing in the viewport, instead of the render visibility in the Outliner.

This behavior appears to still create confusion because of inconsistency with the “render as single object” option, which can be disabled from final render by toggling render visibility in the Outliner.

A suggestion to improve the UX is to still render particle systems that use the “render as Collection” option even though the collection or single objects of the collection are disabled for final render in the Outliner. To prevent the particle system from rendering, one could always disable the particle system itself for final render.