Getting Confident with SOPs in TouchDesigner

Membership plan: Free | Topics: Visual Arts

Course overview

In this workshop you will explore using SOPs in creative and technical ways in TD.  You’ll look at how to create and manipulate 3D surfaces via a myriad of techniques. SOPs provide a unique way of creating geometry. The surface types include 3D points, polygons, lines, particles, surfaces, spheres and metaballs. The combination of procedural editing of surface data provides you with a wide range of creative techniques for visual experimentation. To attend this workshop it is recommended that you have taken the free on demand course Getting Started with TouchDesigner

What you'll learn

  • Workshop 1: Appraise the SOP family
  • Workshop 1: Utilize the SOPs in various ways
  • Workshop 1: Manipulate and render SOP content
  • Workshop 1: Explore practical examples using SOPs
  • Workshop 2: Explore the most useful and underrated SOPs
  • Workshop 2: Work and manipulate point data
  • Workshop 2: Utilise SOP operators to manipulate geometric data
  • Workshop 2: Explore practical examples using SOPs

Who is this course for?

  • Visual artists looking to enhance their use of SOPs in TD
  • Visual artists who wish to create visuals in TouchDesigner using SOPs

Course content

  • Workshop File
  • Part 1: Points, Vertices and Primitives
  • Addendum 1 : save your projects often and how to check if a polygon is closed
  • Part 2: How to Draw Curves in Geometry Modeller
  • Part 3: Working with Groups
  • Workshop File
  • 1. Clip SOP
  • 2. Answer to Exercise 1
  • 3. Carve SOP
  • 4. Boolean SOP
  • 5. Hole SOP
  • 6. Facet SOP
  • Solution to the Last Exercise
  • Additional Resources


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A three button mouse
  • TouchDesigner latest version (non-commercial suffices)

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Dancing Pixels (Masha Rozhnova) is a London based artist who creates audio-visual performances and videos for musicians. For the past three years she has been using TouchDesigner as the main tool for content creation, show control and as an engine to enable interaction with the audience. She performed at Live Performers Meeting in Rome, at New River studios and Crux events in London.

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