# Particle Painters

Until now we have only used the image based particle painter to visualize particles. Qt comes also with other particle painters:

  • ItemParticle: delegate based particle painter
  • CustomParticle: shader based particle painter

The ItemParticle can be used to emit QML items as particles. For this, you need to specify your own delegate to the particle.

ItemParticle {
    id: particle
    system: particleSystem
    delegate: itemDelegate

Our delegate, in this case, is a random image (using Math.random()), visualized with a white border and a random size.

Component {
    id: itemDelegate

    Item {
        id: container
        width: 32 * Math.ceil(Math.random() * 3)
        height: width
        Image {
            anchors.fill: parent
            anchors.margins: 4
            source: 'assets/' + root.images[Math.floor(Math.random() * 9)]

We emit 4 images per second with a lifespan of 4 seconds each. The particles fade automatically in and out.


For more dynamic cases it is also possible to create an item on your own and let the particle take control of it with take(item, priority). By this, the particle simulation takes control of your particle and handles the item like an ordinary particle. You can get back control of the item by using give(item). You can influence item particles even more by halt their life progression using freeze(item) and resume their life using unfreeze(item).