Learning Paths

Houdini: Core Skills

  • Number of Courses13 courses
  • Duration36 hours
  • Skill IQ available Skill IQ
  • Expanded

With its procedural node-based workflow, Houdini lets you create more content faster to reduce timelines and enjoy enhanced flexibility in all your creative tasks. Houdini is perfect for Visual Effects artists and technical directors with its particle and dynamics contexts. Houdini includes a complete toolset for visual effects and game studios that includes lighting, rendering, animation and procedural modeling.

Courses in this path


The first section of courses will give you a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts of Houdini, including understanding the interface, working within Houdini contexts, thinking procedurally, dynamic solvers, particle systems, and shaders and materials. This section is critical to understanding what comes next and will provide the foundation for the rest of the path.


After getting a solid understanding of the basic concepts, it's time to build on that knowledge and explore fluid simulations, dynamic oceans, Houdini Engine, Houdini Vex Operators, and VDB-based cloud systems. This section of tutorials will take you through several projects intended to sharpen your Houdini skills and expand your knowledge of the software. You'll learn how to develop procedural tools and the best practices for approaching and overcoming many common visual effects challenges.


The final section of this path expands your core Houdini knowledge into specific project-driven production scenarios. You will gain deeper understanding of the principles behind proceduralism, HDA development, and effects production. By the time you finish this section, you should be ready to approach any visual effects challenge with confidence.

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