Free Houdini Tutorial: Shading, Instancing, and LookDev Using Arnold

By: Saber Jlassi

In this Houdini video tutorial, we'll show you a few advanced Arnold techniques including shading, instancing, and look development.

In this next installment of our Advanced Asset Creation Series, we’re going back to Arnold to take a look at how to create realistic renders using some advanced techniques inside Arnold and Houdini.

The tutorial takes it to the next level and shows us how to prepare scenes for realistic rendering using Arnold.

Video Tutorial: Shading, Instancing, and LookDev Using Arnold

Below you will find a free video tutorial on how to utilize shading, instancing and LookDev using arnold.

If you enjoy the tutorial, we highly recommend checking out our tutorials page where you will find many more tutorials on developing procedural assets inside Houdini.

Video Tutorial: Timecode Breakdown

0:00 – Intro
0:48 – Shading the Big Wall (Prep)
4:21 – Shading the Big Wall (Part 1)
26:39 – Shading the Big Wall (Part 2)
54:23 – Asset Gathering
1:07:17 – Fixing Assets
1:16:21 – Layout Creation (Part 1)
1:30:31 – Layout Creation (Part 2)
1:42:10 – Layout Creation (Part 3)
2:11:48 – Layout Creation (Part 4)
2:34:07 – Ground Shading
2:42:47 – Rendering
2:48:17 – More Examples
3:01:00 – Assignment

Learn More about Procedural Asset Development in Houdini

Want to learn more about developing procedural assets inside Houdini? These are a few of our favorite resources from around the web:

  1. Rock Creation for Procedural Environments – Rebelway
  2. Procedural Rock Formations in Houdini for VFX & Games – Rebelway
  3. Breakdown: Procedural Rock Generation in Houdini – 80.lv

We also frequently post about procedural creation processes on our tutorials page.

Create Realistic Landscapes & Environments

Are you serious about wanting to create realistic landscapes and environments for VFX and games? If so, you should check out Environment Creation in Houdini here at Rebelway. The course is an in-depth look at how professional FX studios develop large-scale environments. By the end of the course, you’ll create realistic environments that rival that of your favorite films and games. Here’s a quick preview of the course.

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