Yeti Maya Node

The Yeti Node is the main container for a single Yeti Graph within Maya, you will use this to edit the Graph, assign input Objects, Grooms and Guides as well as set display and rendering parameters.


Parameter Description
Display Output Used to toggle the display of the graph evaluation. This avoids the need to hide the Yeti node and thus it will still render correctly.
Draw Feedback A few nodes ( Group, etc. ) draw feedback into the viewport as you work with them, this provides a means of turning this feedback on and off.
Display Bounding Boxes Draw the individual bounding boxes of each object generated by the Yeti graph.
Subd Display Toggle Yeti’s Subdivision surface evaluation between Display & Render or just Render time. Please see the Subdivision Surface note below for more details.
Feather Display Style Yeti has the option of drawing evaluated feathers as very fast Skeleton representations (which is the control mesh for the feather) or the fully evaluated feather, when displaying a fully evaluated feather both the evaluation and display will be slower depending on how highly detailed the feathers are.
Viewport Density As Yeti defines a procedural graph certain nodes can be evaluated at different densities ( Scatter ), by adjusting this you can preview how the graph will look at the specified density.
Viewport Length A means of increasing the overall length of the fur if scale changes.
Color Used to change the color used to draw the groom in the viewport


Yeti by default uses the different rendering engines settings to decide if a mesh should be treated as a subdivision surface or not. If you would like to force a mesh to evaluate as a Subdivision surface you can use both the Yeti Subdivision and Yeti Subdivision Iterations attributes added to the mesh when connected to a node.


Parameter Description
Render Density This controls how dense the fur will be at render time.
Render Width Override the width of the fur at render time.
Render Length A means of increasing the overall length of the fur at render time.
Render Threads The number of threads to use when evaluating the graph at render time, 0 = all threads.
Increase Render Bounds Increase the bounds defined by Yeti at render time.
Center Samples Around Zero Controls whether motion blur will be defined at the current frame or based around 0 ( which some rendering engines require )
Curve Chunk Size Defines the number of fibres per RiCurve call in the resulting Rib output
Load At Initialization Forces Yeti to use the load_at_init Arnold parameter to evaluate the cache on initialization vs. deferred.


Parameter Description
Input Mode Control whether or not the Yeti Node will read in a Cache.
Input Cache File Name The desired cache file to referenced by the node.
Ignore Cache Preview Ignore any baked previews that may be stored in the cache file and re-evaluate the graph.
Output Cache File Name Used to specify an output name when caching a Yeti node.
Frame Range Frame range used when caching initiated by the Write Cache button as well as the number of samples for each frame.
Update Viewport Toggle whether the viewport will update while iterating through the frames as caching.
Generate Preview Store a pre-baked preview of the fur result into the cache file which will be used to draw the cache vs. the need to evaluate.
Write Cache If not using the command line tools this can be used to write a cache to disk using the specified name and frame range.


Once a Cache file has been imported be sure to set the I/O Mode back to None



The graph palette is used to manage the connections between the Maya scene and Yeti’s internal representation of the geometry.

Parameter Description
Open Graph Editor Will open the graph editor for the current node.
User Variables A list of user specified variables. Yeti can be controls by external maya attributes when names correctly, supporting both float and vector variables. This is done by prefixing a Maya attribute created on the Yeti node with either yetiVariableF_ for a float or yetiVariableV_ for a vector. Once created these can be accessed in the Yeti graph as a global variable, for example: yetiVariableF_myValue can be used in the Yeti graph as $myValue.
Add Float Add a user float to the graph.
Input Object A list of input geometry to the graph, use Add/Remove object to control which objects in your Maya scene are accessible to Yeti.
Input Grooms Acts similarly to Input Objects but for Yeti groom nodes.
Input Guide Sets Allows you to reference in object Sets that contain Nurbs Curves, these curves can be used as guides in the Yeti graph.
Ignore Namespaces When referencing objects/grooms and guide sets by name there is a chance the Maya node will live in a specific namespace ( usually denoted by a : in the name ), toggling this on will only consider the leaf name of the object when resolving names in the graph.

Corrective Grooming


Corrective grooming is a way in which pose space grooms can be created, the process is straight forward and any number of corrective grooms may be layered to achieve the desired result. Please refer to the Corrective Grooming documentation for more information.

Parameter Description
Corrective Groom Handling Toggle the corrective grooms on and off.
Current Grooms List the currently available grooms, select the desired groom you’d like to build a corrective groom for.
Add Corrective Groom Will add a new groom node to the current scene which will be applied as a corrective groom.


Parameter Description
Plugin Version The version of the currently loaded Yeti plugin.
Verbosity Can be used to change how much information Yeti outputs during evaluation and rendering.
Image Search Path Define a list of paths to use to search for textures.
Node Caching Toggles node caching on/off - when on node evaluation results will be cached if there is potential for the node to be evaluated more than once when the graph runs. Depending on graph sizes this may produce a decent optimization though will also consume more memory during evaluation.
Over Cache With Inputs If on any input connections to the node in Maya will be used to override the data stored in a currently referenced cache file.


The Image Search Path uses colon delineation on OSX/Linux and semi colon on Windows, environment variables can be used via the ${ENVVAR} syntax.