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In this video I go over hair particles once more in a 1 hour albeit rushed video of different workflows for approaching hair. Sorry about the delays.
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To install the xml theme. Press ctrl + alt + u (User Preferences) and choose install theme under the theme tabs. Theres tons of cool themes in the themes panel of properties. And make sure to choose save user settings to make it default.