Tutorials

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First Things to Know about TouchDesigner[edit]

This tutorial (updated 2016) will quickly show you how to get around the interface and give you an overview of TouchDesigner concepts. It won't tell you WHY you need to know this stuff, it will tell you the fundamentals of WHAT you need to know. You can also read it - the full transcript here.

TouchDesigner Official Youtube[edit]

The most recent workshop videos can be found on the TouchDesigner Youtube page.

Workshop Video Series[edit]

NOTE: Older 088 workshop videos currently being restored after our transition to the new website. (Oct 2019)

Widget Videos Series[edit]

TouchDesigner Community Tutorials[edit]

TouchDesigner Community Tutorials Feed - The tutorials section of our new community feed, an amazing resource growing everyday.

User-Contributed Tutorials[edit]

A list of previous user-contributed tutorials from around the interwebs.

Matthew Ragan's Make Some Noise Workshop 2017 - A reconstruction of Matthew's Make Some Noise Workshop in April 2017, plus a bonus technique.

Matthew Ragan's TouchDesigner Tutorials - A practical look at using TouchDesigner, over 100 topics.

Ian Shelanskey's TouchDesigner Tutorials - A set of extremely useful tutorials including "Twitter in TouchDesigner".

Dr. Indae Hwang's TouchDesigner Video Exercises - A wide range of animated graphical design approaches and general techniques with .toe file examples.

Jarrett Smith's 3D Techniques Tutorial - Workflows for 3D rendering and compositing.

TouchDesigner Concepts and Python by Jessica Palmer - An easy-to-follow birds' eye view of the ideas and structure of TouchDesigner, and how Python is deeply integrated in TouchDesigner empowering both experienced and new python programmers.

Peter Walker Sexy Phong - Learn all the controls of the Phong material in TouchDesigner (and it also applies to the PBR material), including multi-colorbuffer rendering.

VR Development Environment - Jarrett Smith's Best Practices for VR and TouchDesigner in general.

Scott Pagano Online Course at lynda.com - (a paid-for course) Learn to create beautiful-looking imagery with an end-to-end production workflow that includes real-time 2D and 3D rendering, importing FBX assets, recording movies, controlling via an iPad and using TouchDesigner in VR (using Jarrett's Smith's VR framework).

Maotik Workflow using TouchDesigner with Ableton - Watch Maotik's workflow while developing visuals alongside Ableton Live. From a Master Class at Projection Week, Norway 2016. Full of useful techniques.

Grady Sain's TouchDesigner OP Tutorials - A resource for technical artists that explains individual operators via videos with detailed transcriptions.

Alex Czetwertynski's Videos - Here are some practical workflows and techniques with TouchDesigner.

Elburz Sorkhabi Sessions - TouchInNYC at Live X, [ video 2]

Josh Michael's TouchDesigner for Absolute Beginners - A glance in.

TouchDesigner Tips[edit]

TouchDesigner Tips are short articles that describe how to accomplish common tasks in TouchDesigner.

Basics Tutorials[edit]

NOTE: These tutorials are based on TouchDesigner 077 and there are significant differences.

Introduction to the Operators[edit]

The Operator Families.

Operators Overview[edit]

Introduction To TOPs[edit]

Introduction To CHOPs[edit]

Introduction To SOPs[edit]

Introduction To DATs[edit]

Additional Topics[edit]

NOTE: These tutorials are based on TouchDesigner 077 and there are significant differences.

Sweet 16 CHOPs[edit]

This series of videos gives an overview of the Sweet 16 CHOPs.

The Animation Editor[edit]

A brief introduction to the Animation Editor and keyframe animation in TouchDesigner.

Ways to Generate Triggers and Cause Actions[edit]

Shows a variety of ways to create event triggers in TouchDesigner. Discusses how to create triggers using CHOPs, control panels, and scripts. Also includes sections on controlling movie playback with timing curves and triggers.

Time Slicing[edit]

An in-depth look at CHOP sample ranges and CHOPs most powerful feature, Time Slicing!

Using an iPhone with TouchDesigner[edit]

This video show you how to connect an iPhone, iPod, or iPad to TouchDesigner through OSC. The iOS app TouchOSC is used in this tutorial but any OSC-capable application can communicate with TouchDesigner using these techniques.


...In About 5 Minutes[edit]

This series of classic tutorials from Russ Haines show you how to make something in TouchDesigner in about 5 minutes.

NOTE: These tutorials are based on TouchDesigner 077 and there are significant differences.

Create a Warping Smiley Face[edit]

Create a basic image warp.

Character Animation via OSC[edit]

Add animation using OSC and an iPhone/iPod.

Geometry Instancing on the GPU[edit]

Use geometry instancing on the GPU to make an army of smiley faces.

Import Geometry and Add Material[edit]

Geometry is imported and a material and texture are applied.

Augmented Reality Light[edit]

3D lighting is to add augmented reality effect to the mask projection.


TOuch Environment file, the file type used by TouchDesigner to save your project.

An Operator Family which operate on Channels (a series of numbers) which are used for animation, audio, mathematics, simulation, logic, UI construction, and many other applications.

The Graphics Processing Unit. This is the high-speed, many-core processor of the graphics card/chip that takes geometry, images and data from the CPU and creates images and processed data.