Online Course

Directing Small Scale Fluids in Houdini

Level up your understanding on designing stylized fluid simulations in Houdini with a few simple tools in our extensive online course.
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Alex Liou


3 hours






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Flowing to Success

In this course, you will learn how to utilize Houdini efficiently to craft and iterate stylized fluid simulations. We will go through my entire workflow starting with ideating, followed by developing the simulation, and wrapping it all up with look dev. Your future clients will be ecstatic to see your stunning simulations come to life so quickly! 


Project Overview
Sketching / Finding Refs
Basic Simulation Setup
Advancing the simulation
Meshing the Fluid
lighting / Texturing
rendering / comp
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What you will learn

  • Ideating before the 3D
  • How to direct fluid simulations and not be intimidated by them
  • Efficient meshing techniques
  • How to achieve an enticing iridescent material
  • Tips on Redshift render optimization
  • Tips on freelancing and the overall creative mindset


The primary requirement for this course is a fundamental understanding of Houdini and what attributes are, along with a basic understanding of texturing and lighting in 3D programs.
The Teacher

Alex Liou

I am a Freelance Motion Designer / 3D Artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. I'm passionate about creating 3D animations that contain simulations, particles, and fantastical visuals. I've been professionally working in the industry since moving to LA in 2018. I've been fortunate enough to work on various commercials, title sequences, feature films, experiential projects, and music visuals. I began my 3D journey using Cinema 4D, but have since heavily pivoted into using Houdini as my main tool since 2020.

Prior to motion graphics, I worked and taught in the music industry for a number of years. I did not discover motion graphics until about 2015 when I was working for a drumstick manufacturing company in Nashville, TN. I fully decided to pivot and begin changing careers in 2017.

As someone who did not go to school for visual arts, I am deeply indebted to the community of online learning. I'm stoked for this opportunity to be able to give back. I hope that you'll be able to take what I've learned over the years and be able to utilize them in developing your own work and finding more clients!
Patrick Jones - Course author

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