When you first start inside Houdini it can be very confusing and extremely overwhelming. If you have never used a procedural toolset before it can be even harder to get started with. The thought process when working procedurally is a little bit different than traditional workflows. We have created a bunch of tutorials to help you get started with some of the most common tasks in Houdini. Once you are ready and more comfortable inside Houdini we also have tutorials showing more complex tasks. When you are ready to start rendering the scenes you create inside Houdini we have you covered there as well. You might be tempted to export everything to start out with instead of rendering directly inside Houdini but once you are familiar with the workflow there are some major advantages to staying inside Houdini.
Houdini has a free personal use license that allows you to have access to the full program for non-commercial purposes. So you can spend as much time learning Houdini and deciding if it is right for you before upgrading. Houdini also has an Indie license that is relatively inexpensive and is one of the best deals that you can find when it comes to 3D software. If you want to push your artwork to a new level and save yourself time then Houdini is essential. Houdini is such a complex program that it is virtually impossible to master but it is that complexity that makes it so powerful. Don’t jump in and expect to make incredibly complex node trees right away because it probably won’t happen. The important part is to not give up on it immediately. Below we have some tutorials that will help get you up to speed with everything you need to know. Also make sure to check out the store for any free or paid HDA’s or training series to help further develop your skills inside Houdini.