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Grooming for VFX

Grooming for VFX

An 8-week course where students will learn to develop fur and hair for VFX
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Develop hair and fur for VFX

Develop hair and fur for VFX

In this course, students will discover the basics of the grooming. Students will create 2 major groom projects, one haircut and one animal / creature. They will learn from scratch how to anticipate a groom, they will discover different grooming tools, and will be able to face common “big productions” situations. We will also take a look at the look-dev and texturing part of grooming. *Note: A free 15-day Yeti license is available for non-U.S. residents through Peregrine*Labs. License is not available for U.S. students.

Course Format


Skills Level

Intermediate to Advanced


8 weeks


Once a week


Individually Recorded

Lecture Type

Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and assignment.
A great understanding of Maya, some rendering, texturing, and lookdev base. Basic knowledge of Photoshop | Course Pre-Reqs include Intro to Production Modeling, Sculpting Anatomy: From Animal to Creature, Texturing for Film/Cinematics
Maya, Photoshop, Mari (or equivalent such as Mudbox, or Substance painter), Yeti, Arnold (or equivalent, Renderman, V-Ray, etc)

The more you know, the better.

What the grooming is | When and where it’s used in production | Showing different part of our job ( digi doubles, creatures, grass, feathers) with examples. | Talking about the different software used and the one we will use. | Starting to setup a basic scene with a sphere and some fur. | Talking about xGen and explaining the base of the soft and parameters
Talking quickly about what we will do | Showing them the references and how I setup my references / how I interpret them. What’s important to take care of. | Setup the project, what to be very careful with xgen (naming etc..) | Starting the guides creation. (most important thing) | Quick guide clump pass and explication of the node.
Finishing the curve work. (If it’s not on the first part) | Clump 1 – 2 and 3. How to paint the different maps. Showing few scripts (seExpr) | Talking about the ptex map that we are creating in the mean time and how it works | Noise, cut, etc
Eyelashes | Eyebrows | Peach fuzz | Finishing Digital Double
Setup and starting the animal
Guide Work Body | Guide work face | Setup the clump
All about Yeti, from scratch to something basic

Taking your skills to the next level

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Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.


Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.


Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.


Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.


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