Animal fur.

I found a lot of resources for fur. However, i’m being able to place fur in the hole mesh i have. See the picture.

I have 1000 main particles, with 400 children per face.

I also tried subdividing the mesh, and placing 900 children per face. Same results.

Here are a couple of tutorials:


I think i’ve got something. Scaling down the mesh (an imported mesh) may be my solution.


This is hard. I don’t really know how to place the fur in the entire mesh. It just happened one time, but i can’t figure out why.

I’m starting the fur once again and again, changing setting, but i just don’t comprehend the secret.

Mh… it seems it got something to do with the children when they are applied by face. So, the Chinchilla tutorial was not useful here. Problem is… that particle children don’t have their roots on the mesh :frowning:

Anyway, here i am. Trying to comb my lion’s hair. This animal looks more like a dog right now… but i’ll manage.

I would really appreciate help with fur.

Changed my animal. Hope this cute squirrel will motivate you to comment.


you should give him a separate particle emittor for his tail, so you can make those hairs long and bushy

Ok. I’m on it. Using vertex groups. Thanks.

What about the areas of the mesh that won’t get fur on them? Why does that happen? I’d like to use fur by face, by the way (instead of by particles).

Somethimes i get really really too little hair on the mesh. What’s the point? I can’t find this in the tutorials.


i had that problem while ago. cant quite remember how i fixed it, maybe recalculate normals outside?

also, as a suggestion, especially on the tail, you can use the strand setting in the materials to have the hair fade out at the ends and give a softer look.

Mh… There must be several things implicated (sometimes, even the alpha channel). But i can’t figure how.

Normal? Mh… i already did that. But i’ll try it again.

Last thing i figured out is to Add some fur from the Particle Editor. And that works fine.

By other hand… i cannot clear the eyes! The fur is so rebel… Or maybe i’m just too eager.


Google search words… “Blender fur tutorial”

Thank you VERY much . Even when i do searched for “blender fur turorial” in google, i didn’t know these videos.

I think now i have the main idea of the hair control. So it’s to to try and try, trusting in the lessons.

Uf! It’s hard: not as easy as the tutorials says.

Now, my main question is how puff the hair. In particle mode i’m trying and trying… but maybe not achieving results because i have too many particle systems on. And when i try to puff one, the tool puffs the other. :confused:

Nevermind. I’ll learn sooner or later.

edited: i add some more renders.


Notice i cannot trust in the viewport image. The render picture is not as the preview is. Look at the tail (just the base lock of hair). I already combed the hair but at render time it just different! Even when my parcicles configuration says:

  • display: 21
  • render: 21 (children)

Why this happens?

One other question. How can i make the tail fur look a little bit tousled? There’re too many hairs together.


Changing from Children-> particles to Faces does it much better.


sorry I was not keeping up. If there is a place where you want no hair, you can do it by weight painting, but the easiest way is to use the grooming tools. I forget what the hotkey for the grooming tools is, but, while you are using them, you can change to vertex display mode with the vertex / edge / face select buttons that are used for mesh editing, and then just select the hairs you want to delete, and delete them with ‘X’. or you can use the brush tool to ‘cut’ them away.
(edit) his tail looks great btw.
(edit) also, one way to get better economy out of your hairs…use multiple emitors for the body…one set to short and rough, and one slightly longer and smoother. and give the longer one a good combing with the grooming tools. If you can find it, 3D world magazine did a tutorial on how the big buck bunny hair was made, and I am pretty sure the BBBunny files are available from
(edit) I think the hotkey for the grooming tools is ‘C’ not 100% sure though.

grooming tools.

I think i know what you’re talking about. But there’s a cut tool that can erase hair. Anyway, i ended up defining vertex groups for growing the hair (not necessary by weight painting vertex).

My main problem was the lack of fur in some areas. So i used the add tool to fix that. But i’d love to avoid it, and have all the body covered at once. Did you see the ugly pictures i posted up here?

one way to get better economy out of your hairs…use multiple emitors for the body

Do you mean, using hair layers? Or hair for different parts of the body? I’ll look for big buck bunny.

Thanks. Now i’m wondering about good lightening for fur. But the tutorials sometimes explains what to do.

you should be able to solve that just by increasing the amount of hairs.

I used to work in a garment factory before, I learned how to cut out sheepskin making them a very nice and expensive fur jackets and i mean really expensive… i learned how to dye them using reducers… i wish i could share it with you guys…they got patterns, carefully putting them to a looks like automatic peeler that peels off they’re whole skin w/o hurting the sheep…and after that they went out of the machine bald and skinny… :wink: