I decided to upgrade my old tool for hair cards creation to the latest version of 3dsmax and make it public on artstation store.
HairCards Tool is a 3dsmax tool that will speed up your work for real time rendering hairs creation. You can create layers of hairs much faster than usual. This tool is working only with 3dsmax 2021.3 (Update 3) and up.
How to use it: https://youtu.be/2dvY10fV9WE (for easier navigation use youtube chapters playlist)
Below few demos:
Use UV set for new cards creation:
Spline can manipulate multiple cards:
Use mesh topology to create cards:
Use cage meshes as volumes to modify hairstyle design and fit to your art direction:
Guides can be created from imported curves from zBrush (fibers) or any other software that can export curves:
Use mesh surface to create cards and use the pivot of target mesh to orient it.