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Now Out - "UE4: Complete Guide to Auto-Landscape Materials" Tutorial Course

The tutorial course is complete!

You can now texture huge, open-world landscapes automatically without ever having to paint texture layers.

More info on the course in this post...

UE4: 9 Things Every Auto-Landscape Material Must Have

Before I knew anything about Auto-Landscape Materials, I thought you only needed to have a couple of textures.

I quickly realized that this wasn't enough.

In addition to automatically changing textures based on slope, I needed to have the following 9 things...

UE4: How to Create Your First Auto-Landscape Material

Using Auto-Landscape Materials for large terrains is a must for any open-world environments. It will let you automatically texture landscapes based on the slope (angle) of the terrain.

But how do you create and use one?

In this in-depth tutorial I will show you how to create your own very first Auto-Landscape Material...

UE4: Automatically Texture HUGE Landscapes with Auto-Landscape Materials

I had created huge landscapes in UE4 varying in size from 1km x 1km to all the way to 8km x 8km - all untextured.

Next step was to begin painting terrain textures. If I were to manually paint texture layers, the landscapes would NEVER get done. It would take days if not weeks. The solution was to create and use Auto-Landscape Material.

In this tutorial I explain what Auto-Landscape Materials are and how they work on UE4 landscapes...

UE4: Secrets to Generating Real-World Heightmaps from Terrain.Party for UE4

How do I create landscapes in UE4 based on real-world locations? Where do I get this heightmap data?

Use Terrain.Party. Here are my secrets to using Terrain.Party to create landscapes for UE4...

Blocktober: Your Quick Start Guide to Blockouts

Category: Game Environment Art, Level Design
October 01, 2018 (Updated: October 1, 2020)

UE4: Secrets to Generating Real-World Heightmaps from Terrain.Party for UE4

Blocktober, Blocktober, the month of October...

Blocktober is an event that begins October 1st and ends October 31. For the entire month you can see level designers, game environment artists and game designers share their blockouts for how they start creating level designs and game environments.

Here is everything you need to know to get started for Blocktober in October...

UE4: Quick Tip Tutorials Part 2 (Tips #11-20) - Landscape Edition

Quick Tip Series is created for beginners and advanced Unreal Engine 4 users.

These are quick, useful tips to help improve, refine, fix and remind you of tools, techniques and principles you may have not known or forgotten about.

All videos are very short, between 30 seconds to 3+ minutes.

The following Part 2 includes 10 Quick Tips and entirely focused on UE4 Landscapes...

Beginner's Guide to Using Quixel Bridge for UE4

Quixel Bridge has completely changed and improved UE4 environment creation.

You no longer need to create your own 3d models, textures or materials but use over 13,000+ assets available in Quixel Bridge.

However using Bridge isn't intuitive to a beginner. It's a new workflow you have to learn and get used to.

In this tutorial I'll show you everything you need to know to get started...

UE4: Create Procedural Landscape Heightmaps Entirely in Photoshop for UE4

Creating landscapes in UE4 manually using in-editor Sculpt Tools takes time. But you can speed up this process by using heightmaps.

In this guide you will learn everything you need to know about heightmaps in UE4...

UE4 Heightmap Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Landscape Heighmaps for UE4

Creating landscapes in UE4 manually using in-editor Sculpt Tools takes time. But you can speed up this process by using heightmaps.

In this guide you will learn everything you need to know about heightmaps in UE4...

UE4: Your First Landscape Material Instance (Make Instant Material Changes)

Material Instances in UE4 are extensions of your main, master material that allow to expand its functionality and flexibility of using that material.

Let's say you wanted to make some changes to the material such as updating color, roughness or changing a diffuse texture. Instead of creating an entire separate material you would create a Material Instance and change the parameters within it to update those properties.

With Material Instances, you do not have to recreate entire material from scratch. Just create a Material Instance...

UE4: Step-by-Step to Your First Landscape Material (2 Texture Paint Layers)

Creating and sculpting landscapes is the first step. Creating and painting landscape materials is the second.

Landscape Materials are very different than any other material you have to create because you have to be able to paint textures on the terrain such as grass, dirt, rock or sand.

This is done by a single material expression - Landscape Layer Blend.

Let me show you how to create your very first, basic landscape material that you can use to paint landscape textures...

UE4: Step-by-Step to Your First Landscape for Complete Beginners

UE4 has a very powerful landscape toolset. It will let you create huge sprawling natural environments.

But before you get lost in the possibilities, let's go through the steps of creating your very first, simple landscape in UE4.

Here is how...

UE4: 3 Ways to Organize Your Material Editor (Descriptions, Comments and Reroute Nodes)

I came back to a project I worked on months ago creating landscape materials.

I couldn't make sense of my own work - wires running everywhere, material expressions all over the place. It took me few hours to sort it all out and it wasn't a very complex material.

So here are 3 ways I organize all my materials in UE4. I now know what everything does and if I come back to it months later I'll continue where I left off.

UE4: Complete Guide to Using Non-Destructive Landscape Layers - Painting Textures

Landscape Splines allow you to create linear features such as roads, railroads and pathways that will conform and modify the terrain underneath it.

Landscape Splines have been in UE4 for some time but now with addition of Landscape Layers in 4.24+, using Splines became a lot easier to use.

In this tutorial I'll focus entirely on how to use Splines with Landscape Layers.

UE4: Complete Guide to Using Non-Destructive Landscape Layers - Painting Textures

Unreal Engine 4.24+ gave us new landscape layers. This means you can now edit and modify your landscapes non-destructively.

Landscape Layers have two components to them. Each landscape layer can contain information for the heightmap sculpt and painted textures.

In this tutorial you'll learn how to use the non-destructive landscape layers for painting textures.

UE4: Complete Guide to Using Non-Destructive Landscape Layers - Sculpting

In Unreal Engine 4.24 a new amazing landscape feature was introduced that makes working and editing landscapes a lot easier. This new feature is Landscape Layers which allows you to edit and modify your landscapes non-destructively, giving you complete artistic and creative control over what you sculpt and what you paint.

In this first tutorial, learn how to start using Landscape Layers specifically with Sculpting.

How to Sculpt & Create Landscape Materials with "UE4 Landscape Essentials" Tutorial Course

Learn EVERYTHING you need to know for how to sculpt landscapes and create landscape materials entirely in UE4 without any external software...

Fix Landscape Texture Tiling with This UE4 Macro Variation Technique

I solved my first major landscape obstacle by learning how to hand-sculpt UE4 landscapes entirely in UE4 using the 5-step method.

But then I encountered another problem I had to solve. How to create landscape materials that look good.

The biggest issues most everyone has with landscapes is obvious TEXTURE TILING. Landscape textures often look good up-close near the player but at further distances the tiling becomes very noticeable.

Easy 5-Step Process for Hand Sculpting Perfect Landscapes in UE4

Let me show you how to create great looking landscapes entirely in UE4 very quickly and in just 5 steps.

I've included 2 videos.

First video goes more into depth about the settings used for each tool and during each step. The video is longer and it covers everything more in detail.

Second video is only 3 minutes and it quickly shows you all 5-steps in few minutes. If you want to see what to do quickly and straight to the point then watch the 3-min video.

I Sucked at Creating Landscapes in UE4 and What I Finally Did About It

Landscapes! The heart and soul of outdoor environments.

Yet, I've AVOIDED creating any landscapes in UE4.

If you look at the work I've done, it is missing one consistent element - LANDSCAPES.

Every time I tried creating a landscape, it would turn out like garbage.

How is it possible that I was using the same set of landscape tools as everyone else yet my terrains looked like crap? I was embarrassed to even show work-in-progress because I knew I couldn't finish it...

FIX: Quixel Bridge Won't Work and I Can't Log In With My Epic Games Account

Couple of weeks after Epic Games and Quixel announcement I decided to start up Bridge to look for some textures and assets.

I opened up Bridge and I was stuck looking at an empty menu. I couldn't search or browse for any Megascans assets nor was I able to login using my Epic Games account. Anytime I tried to log in, a menu would pop up saying "Verifying" and "Redirecting" then it would go away and nothing.

I found a lot of people dealing with this same problem. This is something that will probably get fixed very soon but in the meantime I needed to get into Bridge and get some assets.

Here is what I did to make it work...

How to Get Free Unlimited Megascans Assets from Quixel for UE4

Huge announcement was released on November 12th, 2019.

Quixel is now part of Epic Games.

Everything inside Quixel's library is now free to use with UE4 in any of your UE4 projects.

If you don't know what Quixel is - Quixel is a company that creates textures, materials and 3d models that are scanned from the real world. Many of their assets have been used in games and movies such as Red Dead Redemption 2, The Jungle Book, The Lion King and many more.

Not only that, the texture/material creation software Mixer is also free!

So let me show you 2 ways for how to get access to unlimited assets that Quixel has to offer, completely free for any of your UE4 projects...

UE4: BSP Blockout Process - From Concept Art to a Vacant Interior Motel Room

Motels are one of my favorite locations to create. The more derelict and abandoned they are the better.

Motels usually have one or two floors with the room entrance leading directly onto outside parking lot.

Every time I drive by a motel I always take mental notes on the layout, the atmosphere and detail of its location. If the place is not too sketchy, I pull over and take reference photos.

When I found a concept art created by Sylvain Sarrailh it reminded me of the movie "Vacancy" motel room and it inspired me to block this out with BSP right away.

In the abounded building blockout I shared a time-lapse of the process. It was very quick. In this tutorial I will take it a bit slow and cover all the steps from concept art to final BSP blockout.

See the concept art that inspired the BSP blockout of an interior motel room and the entire process in this tutorial...

UE4: What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Using BSP?

There are a lot of advantages for using BSP brushes. I've covered many of them in already.

But there are a lot of disadvantages I haven't covered yet and you need to know what they are.

So let's get to it...

UE4: BSP Blockout Process - Abandoned Building and Terrain from Photo Reference

One of the best ways to master BSP brush creation in UE4 is to do a photo reference to blockout exercise.

I found a photo reference that I wanted to blockout that included an abandoned building and some terrain.

Watch the video and read over important notes on this BSP Process from Photo to Blockout...

NeoClassical Architecture Style and Defining Characteristics

Category: Game Environment Art
November 14, 2008 (Updated: October 18, 2019)

NeoClassical Architecture Style and Defining Characteristics

Neoclassical architecture began in 1800s as a reaction to Rococo and Baroque architectural styles.

Rococo and Baroque architecture focused on elaborate ornaments, detail and decoration.

Neoclassical architecture response was to go back to simple, massive, classical form of the Greek and Roman architecture era.

Neoclassical Architecture characteristics are...


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