Houdini 20.0 Shelf tools

Grid shelf tool

Creates a plane.

Placing a Grid in the viewer

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Place the grid anywhere in the scene

  1. Click the Grid tool on the Create tab.

  2. Move the cursor into the scene view.


    You can hold Alt to detach the grid from the construction plane.

  3. Click LMB to place the grid anywhere in the scene view.

    If you press Enter without clicking, Houdini places the grid at the origin.

Place the grid at the origin

Press ⌃ Ctrl + LMB on the Grid tool on the shelf.


The grid can be moved once it is placed by either dragging it in the scene view or changing the values in the parameter editor.

Grid Handles

There are special handles available at the geometry level for the grid object that allow you to scale it.

  1. Move to the geometry level by double clicking LMB the grid node in the network editor or by clicking the Jump to Operator button on the operation controls toolbar.

  2. Drag the handles to enlarge or shrink the grid.

For specific parameter help see the Grid node help.

See also

Shelf tools

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.