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Introduction to Hair and Fur in Houdini 15

by John Moncrief

In this course, we will explore Houdini 15's Hair and Fur toolset. We'll examine the Hair shelf tools, taking time to understand how these tools work and how to use them to generate the initial building blocks of hair and fur.

What you'll learn

In this course, we will explore Houdini 15's Hair and Fur toolset. We start by examining the Hair shelf tools, taking time to understand how these tools work and how to use them to generate the initial building blocks of hair and fur. We'll explore the grooming tools and learn how to create different hair styles easily with the onscreen brushes. We will learn how to create different "looks" for a single groom just by modifying the Mantra Textured Hair shader. We'll discuss "Best Practices" for rendering Hair and Fur and wrap things up with a look at adding dynamics to hair and fur. This series of lessons was developed for an artist with a solid understanding of basic 3d concepts and a general understanding of Houdini's interface. If you're brand new to Houdini, check out our newest "Introduction to Houdini" course before taking on this material.

About the author

John is the resident Houdini and dynamics author at Pluralsight. In college, he had the opportunity to work at SideFX (the creators of Houdini) and has been able to teach dynamics and visual effects to numerous creative industry professionals over the years. He lives for the rush of seeing his pupils experience "light bulb" moments. John's latest passion has been breathing new life into the Pluralsight Houdini training library and making sure that no software or tools can get in the way of an ar... more

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