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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...

UE4: In-Depth Level Creation Workflow - From BSP to Final Level/Environment

I love BSP!

I love creating with it, I love using it but there are a lot of missing steps between BSP and final level.

How does BSP fit into the larger context of a completed game environment?

What are the steps in-between? How do you get from BSP blockout to the final level?

In this tutorial you'll know the answer. Let's go deeper into level creation workflow, from BSP blockout to final environment and ALL the steps in-between...

UE4: What are BSP Blockouts in Unreal Engine 4?

BSP blockouts are one of the most important beginning phases of level design and environment art creation.

It is a process of using BSP brushes (cube, sphere, cylinder, planes etc.) to block-in your level designs and environments.

There are many other terms used for blockouts such as blockin, whitebox, blockmesh, greybox and they mean the same thing.

Find out what are BSP blockouts in UE4 and how you can get the most out of them...

UE4: What is BSP and When Should You Use It?

BSP is art!

Although you don't see a lot of BSP in finished UE4 levels, their essence is always there.

Every level and every environment begun with a BSP blockout - the use of simple geometry to create the layout, the framework onto which final environment was built on.

Always begin your environments and levels by using BSP brushes.

Yes, eventually BSP will get replaced with Static Meshes. But that only means BSP has served its function.

To use BSP brushes correctly it's important to understand what they are, their benefits and limitations and their purpose in UE4 production pipeline.

Your Quick Start Guide to Blocktober Blockouts

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.

In October 2017, Michael Barclay a game designer from Naughty Dog started the hashtag on Twitter to honor blockots. Because, "level blockouts are art".

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

UE4: 10 Quick Tip Tutorials Part 1 (Tips #1-10)

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

Sometimes you need answers in straightforward and simple way without having to watch long video tutorial.

All videos are very short, between 1-5 minutes and each tip includes detailed notes for quick reference.

The following Part 1 includes the following 10 UE4 Quick Tips:

  • UE4 Tip #01: How to Switch Back to Power of 2 Grid Scale Size
  • UE4 Tip #02: Quickly Add Mannequin Model to Projects for Scale Reference
  • UE4 Tip #03: Easily Add Starter Content & Game Templates Into Existing/Empty Project
  • UE4 Tip #04: Disable Auto Exposure (Eye Adaptation) From Your Scene Tutorial
  • UE4 Tip #05: Modify and Save BSP Brush Pivot Points (Improving BSP Workflow)
  • UE4 Tip #06: 3 Quick Ways to Duplicate Any Object (Static Mesh, BSP Brush, Lights etc)
  • UE4 Tip #07: 9 Steps to Improve Default Level Setup to Begin Working In
  • UE4 Tip #08: Changing Vault Content Cache Download Location to Different Hard Drive
  • UE4 Tip #09: Quickly Convert Old Project to a New Version of UE4
  • UE4 Tip #10: Fix Import Mesh Error - Degenerate Tangent Bases, Incorrect Shading, Nearly Zero Bi-Normals/Normals/Tangents

Let's begin...

UE4: How to Download and Install Unreal Engine 4 (Updated)

Updated tutorial to the latest version of UE4.

In this tutorial you will learn how to download and install Unreal Engine 4 on your computer.

The process if fairly simple, but it does require few additional steps before you can use Unreal Engine world/level editor.

Follow these 6 steps to download and install Unreal Engine 4.


Subscribe to receive NEW/UPDATED and FREE "UE4 Beginner's Quick Start Guide" PDF (150+ pages).

Subscribe and Get Free UE4 PDF Guide

Visit this page for more info about the guide...

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