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  1. Bind for driving color

    Howdy, I'm creating a point attr with which I'm overriding color in a paint SOP. How do I use the Bind VOP to drive a hair root/tip color? It's working for driving a mix on surface color, but not on hair. For hair works fine with a map for sure, but I'd rather not have to create UVs and paint a texture mask for simple stuff. Is the mix node mapped on each hair's V coord and texture maps is the only way to go? Help?! hair_mix.hipnc
  2. smooth in viewport

    @malexander Hi Mark, Is there a way to display an obj as sub-d but hide the hull?
  3. Mouse causing hand wrist pain

    Better to switch these two, since RMB is used more often and the lower button is more accessible.
  4. Mouse causing hand wrist pain

    Using a tablet for a non-painting/sculpting 3d program is a PITA. As a pen makes life much easier for painting/sculpting, so does a mouse for other tasks. There's a trade-off and fully embracing one, will leave you disadvantaged in certain areas. BTW, I'm using a Wacom tablet for sculpting daily and I also have a mouse next to it, which is irreplaceable for Houdini or other 3d programs IMO. What you need to look for is the ergonomics of your desk and chair. I've designed myself my current desk and had it produced it by a furniture shop, so that it meets exactly my needs, as opposed to buying something pre-made. The most important thing to keep in mind is the angle between your forearm and hand, that is, to keep them at a level that allows for a natural continuity between the forearm and the hand. Mouse or pen, won't make much of a difference if you don't have an optimal height of the platform you're resting your hands on, defined by the desk itself and the chair you're sitting on.
  5. Paint node - invert

    Yeah, no, I've screwed up - see above. Again, thanks for the input - it stopped me from going down who knows what rabbit hole...
  6. Paint node - invert

    Pff... I'm glad my brain-fart didn't last longer - I was on the verge of painting textures. I placed the wrangle before the paint node not realizing no modified att values have been stored prior to paint. Geo spreadsheet saved the day.
  7. Paint node - invert

    Knowing the invertion (1-something) is not the issue in my case, but knowing how to approach the problem I'm having from an workflow pov. I've writen in an attribwragnle node f@new_attrib_name = 1 - f@attrib_name but nothing that I'm expecting is going on in my viewport. I'll dig more into this, since it's the easiest thing I can do currently, explaining my particular case being a bit more cumbersome and sharing the whole scene is out of the question. Your reply is appreciated - it confirms I'm doing at least something well.
  8. I'm using the usual setup of attr-create with a paint node to drive something. I'd like to use the same paint values for something else, but inverted. I tried a few things, but something eludes me. What's the most straightforward way of achieving this? Thanks.
  9. help with Custom shelf tool

    @3dome That's exactly waht I was looking for. Thanks buddy!
  10. help with Custom shelf tool

    @kiryha It's not exactly what I need, but you've given me a good starting point. I guess it's time to dip my tows in Python and modify it to fit my needs. Don't know where I'll get this time from, but I'll try to squeeze it in somewhere. Thanks. Edit: no block comments in Python? Ay ayay, LOL
  11. help with Custom shelf tool

    The opportunity to start doing coding (or anything else for that matter) is indeed by trying to complete a very small project. However there's one constant - time. Apart from the fact that I need this custom tool right now, there's the matter, in my case at least of resource management. See, I'm on a quest since a few yrs to become a very good creature/character artist (via sculpting as well as Sub-D), but I have roots in generalist 3d which I cannot cut loose apparently. The thing with knowledge in general is that if you don't use it, you lose it. At one point in my life, I was half-decent in c++, but almost everything about its syntax, quirks, tips, etc. went away because I stopped using it. Right now, I figured that learning Python would be a too big investment with possibly a too small ROI. Besides, right now I'm slowly but surely dipping myself in VEX. And I don't know lots of sculptors that can't sleep at night because they don't know VEX so adding python too right about now is a bit much for me I'm laying down all this info, just in case someone's willing to help but is being put off by my apparent unwillingness to learn, which is and should be off-putting if no justified reasons are given. Cheers!
  12. help with Custom shelf tool

    Will definitely check it out, hopefully soon enough. Thanks! edit: but right now I still need help :)
  13. Hi guys, I need a bit of help from someone python knowledgeable and willing, with a custom shelf tool that when clicked or called via a hotkey does the following: creates two fuse SOP nodes from the current selection, the 1st one set on "snap" and the other on "consolidate". Other settings also modified, but unimportant right now. I'd do it myself, but this is way too simple for my guru level of python and I don't have the time Cheers!
  14. Learning Curve of Popular 3D Software

    It gets harder as you advance into wilder territory, even though you're better in the terrain you've covered up to a certain point. Of course this can't continue forever, somewhere there's a Difficulty downward slope, but it's way past 10k pixels of that hypothetical continuation of the image.
  15. Houdini 17 Sneak Peak

    Can you be more specific? Also, what gets in the way of on the fly modeling, the Houdini' s procedural nature? Because if that's what you're implying I see no reason for why that is the case. There's absolutely nothing inherent to the procedural nature of Houdini that makes it poor for direct modeling. What makes Houdini poor for direct modeling is its poorly designed viewport interactivity and tools. At least, this was the case thus far. H17 might eliminate a big chunk of the problems and a future version might do away with them for good. Think of proceduralism (accumulation of nodes) as a mere history. A glorified undo stack. It's not that, of course, but if you can, as a modeler, afford to think of it as such, you're on the right track of thwarting the tendency to think proceduralism is your enemy for direct modeling. Make Houdini work great in the viewport w/o the need to go often into the netview and you'll have a great modeling experience as well as the power (should you choose to use it) that comes from a fully procedural program.