Behind every great operation, there’s an important selection and Houdini gives you lots of options for making them directly in the viewport. Even though these direct selection tools are really powerful they don’t get much airtime. In this course we give them the attention they deserve. We’ll give you all the knowledge you need to make your selections quickly and efficiently, and in a classic interactive way. It’s all about building essential skills for direct modelling and editing in Houdini.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a deep understanding of:

  • The need-to-know geometry selection tools, modes and hotkeys
  • The significance and nature of connected geometry in Houdini
  • The select by normal tool
  • The advantages and disadvantages of groups versus string attributes for saving selections
  • Using the groups and attributes list to inspect and select geometry components
  • How to get the most out of Houdini in an interactive mode (rather than procedural mode)

About Hipflask and the Geometry Essentials series

Clear, comprehensive online courses to help you master Houdini. Designed for beginners by an award-winning 3D artist.  

Take a handful of all the major CG applications and roll them into one – that’s about the scale of Houdini’s toolset and capabilities. That’s a lot to learn. For many, Houdini ends up straight in the too-hard basket. We’re here to pull it out.  

Other courses just aren’t comprehensive enough for beginners. So we made our own to help CG professionals thrive. Straightforward, high quality training that progressively builds deep understanding. We got stuck learning the hard way, but you don’t have to.  

Whether you’re just starting out or transitioning from other software, Hipflask’s Geometry Essentials series is focused on setting you up to use Houdini for all stages of the CG process. Forget those quick how-to guides that teach you to make one thing. Hipflask builds real understanding by unpacking the vital stuff other courses breeze over, covering the fundamentals in depth, showing you why these principles are so integral to Houdini and just how to wield them. We’re here to arm you with technically sound knowledge to craft, finesse and refine original pieces. And the next time a client asks for changes, you’ll have the know-how to make them happen.



Fraser Shiers is an award-winning creative director and 3D generalist. He is the founder and principal instructor at Hipflask and the founder and director of Forge & Morrow. As an instructor, Fraser is committed to making it easy for artists to transition to Houdini from other DCCs. As an artist, he’s made work for some of the world’s largest brands and advertising agencies. In between creating Houdini training with Hipflask and producing work with Forge & Morrow, Fraser also teaches at the University of Newcastle in Australia where he lectures in 3D animation using Houdini.

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