Quickly Create Reference Nodes in Houdini #QuickTip 11 of 30

Remember our last #QuickTip? Seems so long ago. Anyways, maybe you don’t want to make a copy. Maybe you want to create a reference copy. This is great because you can have multiple copies of the same node and have a master node update all the copies. Let me show you how to quickly create reference nodes in Houdini. By the way, the reason I’m repeating the title is because the cool kids say it’s good for SEO. Go figure.

Quickly Create Reference Nodes in Houdini

Reference copies are nice. When you create a reference copy, Houdini creates a copy of the node where every parameter is linked to the corresponding parameter on the original node. You’re not stuck with locked links either. You can selectively delete the connections on parameters you don’t want to reference. While duplicating a node uses just the alt key, creating references takes a bit more finger wrangling.

You want to use the keyboard shortcut ctrl(command) + alt + shift and mouse drag. Boom!

Quickly Create Reference Nodes in Houdini
Quickly Create Reference Nodes in Houdini
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