How to use and customize the strip of icon buttons across the top of the main window.
The shelf is the strip of icons along the top of the main window. It gives you quick access to commonly used functions in Houdini.
Using the shelf
|Find the function you want |
Click the tabs to see the functions available.
Hold the mouse over an item on the shelf to see its label and a brief description of what it does. While the tooltip is open, press F1 to see the full online help for the item.
|Customize the shelf |
See how to customize the shelf.
Using the shelf
| ||Customize the shelf||How to change the look of the shelf, change and rearrange its contents, and create your own shelf tools. |
| ||Lights||Information about creating and working with lights in the scene. |
| ||Create tab||Tools on the Create tab let you create and place primitives, curves, and null objects in the scene view. |
| ||Modify tab||Tools on the Modify tab let you easily customize objects in the scene view. |
| ||Model tab||Tools on the Model tab let you edit objects in the scene view. |
| ||Polygon tab||Tools on the Polygon tab let you modify polygons in the scene view. |
| ||Deform tab||Tools on the Deform tab let you deform objects in the scene view. |
| ||Texture tab||Tools on the Texture tab let you texture objects in the scene view. |
| ||Character tab||Tools on the Character tab let you create characters in the scene view. |
| ||Auto Rigs tab||Tools on the Auto Rigs tab let you create custom auto rig characters in the scene view. |
| ||Animation tab||The Animation tab allows quick access to animation tools. |
| ||Lights and Cameras tab||Tools on the Lights and Cameras tab let you create and place lights and cameras in the scene view. |
| ||Create Particles tab||Tools on the Create Particles tab let you create and place particles in the scene view. |
| ||Drive Particles tab||Tools on the Drive Particles tab let you manipulate particle systems in the scene view. |
| ||Rigid Bodies tab||Tools on the Rigid Bodies tab let you create dynamic RBD objects in the scene view. |
| ||Particle Fluids tab||Tools on the Particle Fluids tab let you create particle based liquids in the scene view. |
| ||Volume Fluids tab||Tools on the Volume Fluids tab let you create volume (grid) fluids in the scene view. |
| ||Pyro FX tab||Tools on the Pryo FX tab let you create simulated smoke and fire effects. |
| ||Cloth tab||Tools on the Cloth tab let you create and constrain cloth objects in the scene view. |
| ||Wires tab||Tools on the Wires tab let you create flexible dynamic objects in the scene view. |
| ||Fur tab||Tools on the Fur tab let you add and style fur on an object. |
| ||Drive Simulation tab||Tools on the Drive Simulation tab let you manipulate dynamic objects in the scene view. |