Peregrine Labs’ release of Yeti 1.3 empowers users to create feathers with unprecedented ease, speed and accuracy, making one of the long-standing issues in the VFX industry a thing of the past.
Since its inception, Yeti has been touted for its exceptional versatility as a fur, hair and instancing tool, and for its superior caching system. Its also an industry favourite due to an easy-to-learn node-based system which frees up precious time and money previously sapped by burdensome topology or UV-based approaches. Yeti 1.3 introduces Peregrine’s new feather geometry which makes creating detailed plumage for characters a worry of the past.
“The improvements that come with Yeti 1.3 — especially the new feather geometry — will benefit many members of a production team,” says Colin Doncaster, R&D Supervisor of Peregrine Labs. “Artists and art directors will have a much easier time achieving their desired effects, we’ve created a solution for an issue that has generally plagued productions with feathery characters. With Yeti 1.3, teams will save immensely with respect to R&D time and investment, all while creating better visual results. The brilliance of Yeti especially shines during those 9-1-1 moments where something needs changing or fixing right at the end of production. Yeti provides the hooks and means to make those changes without having to redo the work nor rely on any other methods.”
In addition to the standard bug fixes and workflow enhancements, other features that come with Yeti 1.3 are new brushes for painting, clumping and twisting strands during grooming, support for subdivision surfaces based on Pixar’s OpenSubDiv, tools for creating parts and crowns and an updated UI. The scripting and documentation has also been enhanced, making it even easier for users to become proficient in the application of Yeti.
“We’re focused on continually improving speed and efficiency while never limiting the user as to what style of hair they can create. We’ve had very cartoony characters created with our hair tools, and very realistic characters generated with Yeti,” says Kirsten Bodenstedt, Chief of Sales & Marketing.
With this release the VFX industry will enjoy a new level of efficiency and creative control with the adoption of Yeti 1.3, fully backed by the exceptional support Peregrine Labs is lauded for.