Houdini 17.0 Nodes Shader nodes

Properties shader node

Attach its properties to any objects that have the shader assigned.

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Properties are rendering parameters you can add at various levels (renderer, camera, object, primitive) that are inherited by lower levels.

Applying a material with a Properties shader essentially copies any properties on the shader to the target object. However, properties on each object override properties on the object’s shader.

Applying properties through a shader, rather than adding them directly to objects, is useful in a few circumstances:


When created, a Properties shader has no parameters. You add properties to the shader node and those properties are then applied to any objects or primitives that use the shader.

See how to add properties to a node.


The following examples include this node.

FieldForceSmoke Example for Field Force dynamics node

Extracts the velocity field from a smoke simulation to use as a wind force on a POP simulation.

FlipFluidWire Example for FLIP Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates the use of the Flip Solver and the Fluid Force DOP. The Fluid Force DOP is used to apply a drag force on a wire object according to the motions of a flip fluid. The drag force is only applied at locations where fluid exists in the fluid object.

FillGlass Example for Fluid Object dynamics node

Fills an RBD container with fluid that enters the simulation by being sourced from another RBD object.

PaintedGrog Example for Fluid Object dynamics node

This example creates a torus of paint which is dropped on the Grog character. The Grog character is then colored according to the paint that hits him. This also shows how to have additional color information tied to a fluid simulation.

TeapotUnderTension Example for Gas Surface Tension dynamics node

This example creates a teapot shaped blob of liquid. It then uses surface tension forces to smooth the blob into a sphere.

Particle fluid buoyancy

This example demonstrates how to couple the Particle Fluid with an RBD object so they both affect each other. The result is a buoyant sphere.

PressureExample Example for Particle Fluid Solver dynamics node

This is a simple example demonstrating pressure-driven flow with no viscosity. This example also demonstrates the use of a constantly emitting source of particle fluid as well as how to surface the fluid using the Particle Fluid Surface SOP.

ViscousFlow Example for Particle Fluid Solver dynamics node

This example demonstrates highly viscous fluid flow using particle-based fluids. Fluids of this form could be used to simulate slowly-flowing fluids such as lava or mud.

rbdsmokesource Example for Smoke Object dynamics node

A ghostly tetrahedron bounces around a box, its presense shown by its continuous emission of smoke.

Down Hill Lava Flow Example for Material shader node

In this file we create a downhill lava flow with crust gathering and hardening at the base of the slope. All of the animation is achieved through the shader itself, and all of the geometry is completely static.


Most of the parameters for the lava material are overridden by point attributes created in the surface nodes.

FirePit Example for Material shader node


No geometry is animated in this file. All animation is achieved by animating the textures

Flames are grids so that UV textures can easily be applied, they are then warped around a metaball using a magnet SOP. The flames are then assigned to either a yellow or blue Flames texture. The Flames' opacity mask wrap is set to Decal to prevent the texture from repeating and showing a single pixel ring at the top of the flame geometry. I'm also using a mask file named flameOpacMap.jpg to enhance the flames' shape at the top. The noise offset has been animated over $T with an greater emphasis on the Y axis so that the flames look like they are rising. This is the same reason the Noise jitter is larger for the Y axis as well.

The coals are spheres that have been copy stamped onto a deformed grid. Using Attribute Create surface nodes I am able to override and copy stamp the lava texture’s parameters at the SOP level so that local variables, such as $BBY, can be used to animate the texture. This way the texture’s crust and its crust values can be used only to form the tops of the coals. This reserves the lava aspect of the texture to be used on the bottoms of the coals. The lava intensity (Kd attribute) is then stamped and animated to create the look of embers on the bottom of coals glowing.

VolumeNoiseIso Example for Mantra: VEX Volume Procedural shader node

This example shows how to render an isosurface defined by a cvex shader using mantra’s volume rendering capabilities. A noise field is generated by a cvex shader, which is attached to the VEX Volume Procedural. The volume is shaded by finding the surface where the density crosses 0, and then shading using a simple surface shader that shows the normals.

See also

Shader nodes