Introduction to XGen

In Introduction to XGen, you’ll learn the fundamentals of working with XGen and creating your first grooms. You’ll learn all the tools you must know and also how to avoid common mistakes in XGen. Later in the series, you’ll learn the full process for creating a simple and professional groom from start to finish; no time-lapses. Every step will be shown.

Learn How XGen Works

Learn everything you need in order to get started with XGen, including working with Guides, Partings, Painting Groom Maps, XGen Modifiers, In-depth Clumping, Using Noises – as well as proper groom planning.

Make a Professional Level Groom

We will walk through a professional groom in real-time, where we discuss important aspects of the groom process as we do them. This will give you all the knowledge you need to apply what you learn to your own projects!

Taught by Senior VFX Artist

Michael Cauchi spent the last years as a groomer at MPC in VFX, working on films like Dumbo, Dr. Dolittle, and Xmen: Dark Pheonix. When he’s not working professionally with 3D, he’s teaching students at the University of Bournemouth.

Skill Level Requiered

You need an intermediate level understanding of Maya, but no experience with XGen is required at all.

Software Used

  • Maya 2019

Chapter List

Main Course – 3h 9 min
01 – Course Introduction
02 – Model Requirements
03 – Groom Planning
04 – Creating Your Groom
05 – Guidework Part 01
06 – Guidework Part 02
07 – Base Groom Settings
08 – Maya Paint Tool
09 – Partings
10 – What Are Modifiers
11 – Clumping Part 01
12 – Clumping Part 02
13 – Cut Modifier
14 – Noise Part 01
15 – Noise Part 02
16 – Clumping Part 03

Bonus – 47 min
17
– Expressions Explained
18 – Expressions And Maps
19 – HairShading Basics

Professional Groom Creation – 3h 37 min
20 – Production Creation And Guides Blockout
20 – Production Creation And Guides Refinement
21 – Production Clumping And Modifiers Blockout
21 – Production Clumping And Modifiers Refinement
22 – FinalSummary Of Process

Files Included

  • 24 HD Videos
  • PDF Overview of Introduction to XGen
  • All working files

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  • Simply superb

    I have the same opinion as everyone else here. It’s amazing!

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  • Thorough, well thought out.

    This is a well structured course, with clear explanations that are easy to follow and understand.

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  • Great intro to XGen

    Perfect pacing, very clear and concise explanations, covers all the core things you need to know about XGen. Recommended!

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  • Get it, Worth every penny.

    This educator (Michael Cauchi) automatically became one of my favorite educators. Thanks a lot for the time and work put into this.

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  • Best xGen I've ever watched

    Awesome tutorial!

    Videos are short and straight to the point.
    Very well planned, and prepared before the recording.

    I wish all the tutorials were like that.
    Congratulations Michael Cauchi and FlippedNormasl

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  • Very straightforward to follow along with. Amazing tutorial that makes Xgen less daunting!

    Michael is awesome! His clear lessons really helped me navigate xgen’s tricky interface and definitely made it all way less daunting. I loved hearing his insights into best groom practices he applies in production, how he not only showed us how to do things but also why we do them, was incredibly useful. Thanks so much for an awesome tutorial series! 🙂

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  • Excellent.

    Finally– a clear, understandable tutorial on Xgen…. Highly recommend.

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  • Best. Tutorial. Ever.

    I had only been trying out xgen very little before, so I was very much a beginner.
    After following this tutorial, I feel like diving into Xgen without any fear, and I find it really fun now. I completed my very first set of xgen hair in one evening after watching these tutorial videos throughout the week. And I love it!
    He made me understand Xgen, where others have failed.

    I would definitly buy, if a “follow-up” more advanced tutorial would happen!

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  • best tutorial about xgen out there !

    this tutorial must have for beginners and intermediate like me
    it’s very well explained, if you are not confident working in xgen this course for you !

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  • must have !!

    this tutorial is very well explained it’s must have

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  • Complete workflow explained very well!

    This tutorial is fantastic not only because it teaches the technical side of XGen but more importantly because it teaches the theory and process behind making hair and how to approach a groom.

    I thought I knew XGen quite well until I watched this tutorial. XGen was probably the most boring tool I knew of and I realise now it was only because I didn’t really understand it.

    I wish I could go back in time and just get this tutorial instead of spending hours and hours watching the free videos out there. Getting this tutorial took my grooming to whole new level, thank you so much FlippedNormals and Michael Cauchi!

    PS. I would love to see a tutorial on hair simulation!

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    • Looks great, but still waiting for an Xgen simulation tutorial, simple walking of a character, win, etc, and how to properly exported to other software for assemblies like Katana or Clarisse and even Houdini.

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