UE4 - Special Effects Production for Natural Scenes
UE4 - Special Effects Production for Natural Scenes
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Category: Game Art Lessons: 80(Finish) Software: Unreal-Engine
Overview

| INTRODUCTION |


This tutorial will let you know how the natural special effects in big games are produced, what advanced skills are needed for a professional visual effect producer, by presenting the power of the particle system of Unreal Engine 4.


The tutorial will offer specific instruction on the methods of producing special effects in natural environments in games, including wind, rain, snow, fire, dust in ruins, haze, etc. The instructor will share with the you his years of experience in techniques and workflow, which he has applied in the visual effect productions in “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” and many other big games. Moreover, you will learn how to make natural special effects of stylized forests, as well as crushing effect in cinematic shots.


Important reminder: this tutorial is an advanced-level teaching material. To ensure your learning outcome, you should have a good command of basic knowledge of 3ds Max, UE4 and Houdini.


Due to the copyright issue, you should download the model assets used in the tutorial by yourself. The download address is provided in the supporting documents.


Computer requirements

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce 8 series or above

RAM: 8G or above

CPU: Inter Core i5



| TRAILER |


暴雪3A级《UE4自然特效》系统应用项目教学【中字|独家】简介
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| A Tutorial of Advanced Game Special Effects Production |

暴雪3A级《UE4自然特效》系统应用项目教学【中字|独家】简介

Do you know the process of scene effects production?

In this tutorial, you will learn the processes of all kinds of game special effects, with the instructor sharing his rich experience in this regard. The advanced game scene effects, such as the crushing effect in cinematic shots, consist of scene setting, element adding, a strong particle special effects system, material making, map replacement, etc., all of which will be specifically explained in the tutorial, helping you master the complex processes of special effects productions.

| Secrets of Special Effects Revealed by Blizzard Visual Artist |

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This tutorial will begin with an in-depth explanation of the UE4 particle system and other tools that will be used in the tutorial, followed by the instructor’s practical demonstration of advanced special effects for natural environments. The techniques mentioned in the tutorial can be applied to the special effects production in any other styles. After learning this tutorial, you will understand how to produce all kinds of special effects from scratch, and be prepared to be a professional in this field.

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UE4 particle effects system foundation


暴雪3A级《UE4自然特效》系统应用项目教学【中字|独家】简介

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Core Information


  • This section introduces the basic knowledge of the UE4 particle effects system, regarding the way to create a particle system, panel parameters adjustment and other key notes. Besides, this section also explains in various modules the practical skills of all kinds of tools in the system.

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Chapter 2 - 3

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Software: UE4

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Explanation of crushing effect


暴雪3A级《UE4自然特效》系统应用项目教学【中字|独家】简介

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Core Information


  • This section offers a whole-process instruction on the physical crushing effect of wooden box, including wooden box modeling, UV unwrapping, productions of crushing simulation system and blueprint, etc. You will also learn to grasp the thinking frame of this process, so as to be able to apply the finished crushing effect in other scenarios.

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Chapter 

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软件: UE4

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Scene real operation case


暴雪3A级《UE4自然特效》系统应用项目教学【中字|独家】简介

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Core Information


  • This section is about the case study of special effects of natural environments and games in various forms and styles, such as wind, rain, snow, fire, dust in ruins and haze, etc. The section also includes a whole-process teaching of special effects for 3A games.

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Chapter 5 - 8

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Software:UE4、3Dmax、Houdini、ps

| In-Depth Exploration of Natural Environment Special Effects |

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This section will offer an in-depth realistic case analysis of rain forest effect, including advanced techniques in lighting and rendering. The particle system will be used to produce the raindrops effect, by selecting the texture and adjusting the size, angle and splashing effect of raindrops. It takes accurate parameter adjustment of all kinds of tools and orders to eventually produce an advanced realistic game scene.

Real Operation of Five Scene Effects

Overall improvement of technique and efficiency

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The realistic game scene of ruins, one of the five cases, will allow you to understand the process of a 3A game scene, covering scene attachments of ruins, element adding, weeds, flies, raindrops, dust, etc. You will learn how to produce water drops effect and collision effect of water drops, and make dust in the particle system.

Tutorial Directory & Update Plan |


  • Chapter 1-Introduction

  • 1.Introduction

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  • Chapter 2-The Basics of Cascade

  • 2.Basics

  • 3.Particles

  • 4.Spawn Module

  • 5.Lifetime, Initial Size and Initial Velocity Modules

  • 6.Color over Life, and Rotation Modules

  • 7.Location Modules

  • 8.Orbit, Lock Axis and Pivot Offset

  • 9.SubUVs, and Other Misc Modules

  • 10.Data Types


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  • Chapter 3-Materials&Optimization

  • 11.Material Basics

  • 12.MathNodes Part 1

  • 13.MathNodes Part2

  • 14.Material Instances

  • 15.Material Functions

  • 16.Optimization Techniques and Debug views

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  • Chapter 4-Crate Destruction

  • 17.INTRO

  • 18.Getting The Textures

  • 19.Modeling and Uving the Crate in 3dsmax

  • 20.Creating The Destruction Simulation in Houdini

  • 21.Exporting from Houdini to FBX

  • 22.Exporting From Maya to Alembic

  • 23.Bringing the Simulation to UE4 and Creating the Blueprint

  • 24.Bonus-Houdini destruction new workflow

  • 25.Creating the Particle System and the Textures for the Dust

  • 26.Creating the Splinters model, texture, and particle system

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  • Chapter 5 - Store Scene

  • 27.Intro, Lighting and PostProcess

  • 28.Rain Particle Effect

  • 29.Rain Material

  • 30.Rain Material Part 2

  • 31.Splashing Rain Texture and Material

  • 32.Splashing Rain Particle System

  • 33.Mist

  • 34.Wet Shader

  • 35.Lightning and Finishing Up



  • Chapter 6-Desolated Scene

  • 36.Set dressing

  • 37.Flies

  • 38.Drips

  • 39.Drips Material

  • 40.Drips Collision

  • 41.DustMotes Material and Material Function

  • 42.DustMotes Particle System

  • 43.Godrays

  • 44.Godrays Texture

  • 45.Polishing The Effects

  • 46.Bringing it all together

  • 47.Wrapping Up

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  • Chapter 7 - Creating Snow Environmental FX

  • 48.Intro and LineTrace

  • 49.Creating Snow Blueprint

  • 50.Render Target

  • 51.Deformable Snow Material

  • 52.Marker Material

  • 53.Deformation on the Snow

  • 54.Snow Normal Map

  • 55.Displacement

  • 56.Sky Animation

  • 57.Snow Flurry1

  • 58.Particle Fog

  • 59.Snow Flurry2

  • 60.Snow Texture

  • 61.Snow Flurry3

  • 62.Snow Flurry4

  • 63.Deforming Snow Particle

  • 64.Attaching Effect

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  • Chapter 8- Stylized Forest FX

  • 65.Creating Sparkle-1

  • 66.CreatingSparkle-2

  • 67.OrbParticle

  • 68.grass Blades-1

  • 69.grassBlades-2

  • 70.Dust Cloud-1

  • 71.Dust cloud-2

  • 72.Dust cloud-3

  • 73.Water-1

  • 74.Water-2

  • 75.Water-3

  • 76.Water-4

  • 77.Fire-1

  • 78.Fire-2

  • 79.Fire-3

  • 80.Fire-4




                                           

| Tutorial Parameters |

Items

Details

  • Name

  • Instructor

  • Content

  • Length

  • Software

  • System

  • Suitable for

  • Project file

  • UE4 - Special Effects Production for Natural Scenes

  • Fabio M. Silva

  • HD videos, long-term after-sale Q&A service

  • About 14 hours/79 classes

  • UE4 4.20/3ds Max 2018/Houdini 16.0/Photoshop 2017.1

  • No requirement

  • Visual effect producers, game producers, film and TV special effect producers

  • Not applicable

| Through this course What will you gain? |

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Thorough understanding of the processes of natural special effects production in games

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Proficiency in advanced techniques including particle system operation, asset creation, texture mapping, etc.

| Blizzard senior visual effect producer Online teaching |

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Fabio M. Silva

Fabio M. Silva is now a senior visual effect producer in Blizzard. With more than a decade of relevant experience, he has previously worked in Guerrilla Game Studio, Crytek, Epic Games and Naughty Dog, and participated in the production of a number of big games, such as the “Killzone” series, “Ryse: Son of Rome”, “Paragon”, the “Uncharted” series and “The Last of Us”. Being a three-time nominee, He has won the Visual Effects Society Award, USA for his real-time visual effects production for a game.


Natural Special Effects Production by Unreal Engine

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