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UE4 Modular Environments

A 10-week course focused on developing a fully-realized environment by using modular parts in Maya and Unreal Engine 4

Course Categories
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (or equivalent) Unreal Engine 4 Photoshop
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Maya, ZBrush, Unreal Engine, Substance; Shading and Material Creation in UE4
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (or equivalent) Unreal Engine 4 Photoshop
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Maya, ZBrush, Unreal Engine, Substance; Shading and Material Creation in UE4
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (or equivalent) Unreal Engine 4 Photoshop
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Maya, ZBrush, Unreal Engine, Substance; Shading and Material Creation in UE4
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
EXPAND ALL COLLAPSE ALL

The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Observing Our Reference

Students will learn how to observe multiple references and break it up into repeated textures and assets. They will then begin with a basic block out of their scene creating and using modular pieces to fill it up. Throughout this process it will be important to think about breaking up the textures into main textures, secondary, and decals. We will also look at the tools that make for the best use of modular workflows

Week 2 | Importing Blockout Into UE4

Students will begin importing their initial blockout meshes into Unreal Engine. We will cover basic Unreal 4 tools, grid snapping, and using our modular meshes inside of Unreal 4 to build our scene. Students will also begin to flesh out their visual narrative aspects of the scene.

Week 3 | Learning About Textures and Creating High Poly Meshes

Students will take the plans they made in weeks 1 and 2 to start to break up their models and their respective textures into two lists: ones that they would like to tackle as tileables and the others as uniques. Students will learn optimization and performance issues and concerns when it comes to constructing scenes in UE4.

Week 4 | Baking Textures in Marmoset and Low Poly Mesh Creation

Students will learn how to create repeatable textures using Maya and Photoshop. With emphasis on ensuring repeatability without making it obvious across large surfaces. We will first establish our normal, metalness, and ambient occlusion we will be using for the final textures.

Week 5 | Building Textures in Substance Painter

Students will learn how to create textures using Substance Painter for both tiling and unique texture sets. We will add interesting “story” elements to textures (such as wear, decay, scratches, dust, etc. that tell the story of the texture): albedo, roughness, specular, metallic, normal maps. Students will also learn about managing PBR texture values.

Week 6 | Modular Application

Students will apply their new modular skills and learn the importance of modular modeling and re-use within assets and architecture. This process will also cover applying our tiling textures to the models(UV mapping) while we are finalizing our models and creating simple Unreal 4 shaders for our models in the engine.

Week 7 | Advanced Materials

How to create more advanced shaders that can be used for color variation, and exposing parameters in material instances. We will also look at creating a master material to control the majority of the assets within the scene. These features will help us to make our modular pieces look more unique and less “tiling” inside of the engine.

Week 8 | Visual Narrative and Material Masters

How to add secondary details to your scene, such as wires/cables,signs, small props, and storytelling: Students will also spend time focusing on development of the visual story elements within the scene. Lastly, we will be creating some additional modular models that can be used as secondary details “on top” of our large modular pieces for variation and asymmetry within our scene.

Week 9 | Lighting

Students will begin adding lights to their Unreal 4 scene. We will see how to break up the repetitiveness of the scene with different lighting environments and how shadows can work to our advantage. At this point we can also begin looking at composition for our final renders within the scene.

Week 10 | Finalizing the Scene

In week 10 we will use everything we have learned to add any additional details, decals, props, and lighting to “finalize the scene.” We will also learn how to take the highest quality screenshots within the Unreal Engine and see how “post process” volumes can add a great deal of interest to our scenes. We will also cover simple post process tweaks of our screenshots inside of photoshop. Students will have between 5=10 final images of the scene they have created at this point, as well as a handful of textures/reusable assets for future scenes.

UE4 Modular Environments
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Clinton is the founder, studio head and creative director of Dekogon Studios, an artist collaborative art OS studio. Formerly a senior look development artist at Microsoft Studios: The Coalition located in Vancouver, BC, working on the Gears of War franchise. He has also previously work an artist at Bethesda Game Studios Austin, KIXEYE, Army Game Studio, and various other contract projects with independent studios. Clinton’s primary focuses are art direction, environment art, shaders, and visual development. His experiences range from AAA, Indie, and mobile development. In 2016 he released a textbook with Sam's Publishing with a focus on game art development for Unreal engine.

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STUDENT INTERVIEWS
Understanding Modular Environment Design
Understanding Modular Environment Design
Wolfenstein Inspired Environment Creation in UE4
Wolfenstein Inspired Environment Creation in UE4
Setting Modular Environments
Setting Modular Environments
Building a Library Environment in UE4
Building a Library Environment in UE4
Minimalistic Scenes in UE4
Minimalistic Scenes in UE4
Ancient Ruins in Unreal Engine 4
Ancient Ruins in Unreal Engine 4
Creating a Sci-Fi Office with UE4 and Maya
Creating a Sci-Fi Office with UE4 and Maya
Creating 19th-Century Setting with UE4
Creating 19th-Century Setting with UE4
Creating a Cryo Lab in UE4
Creating a Cryo Lab in UE4
Creating a Teen Room Interior
Creating a Teen Room Interior
Creating a Jewelry Store Scene
Creating a Jewelry Store Scene
Environment Production: Grid, Modular Assets, Decals
Environment Production: Grid, Modular Assets, Decals
Gothic Library in UE4
Gothic Library in UE4
Postwar Environment in UE4
Postwar Environment in UE4
Modular Gun Deck
Modular Gun Deck
Modular Scene in UE4: Blockout, Vertex Paint, Decals
Modular Scene in UE4: Blockout, Vertex Paint, Decals
Creating Modular Shipping Warehouse in UE4
Creating Modular Shipping Warehouse in UE4
Abandoned Library in UE4: Modular Approach & Materials
Abandoned Library in UE4: Modular Approach & Materials
Cathedral Of The Dead: Environment Production
Cathedral Of The Dead: Environment Production
Environment Design in UE4: Color, Light and Style
Environment Design in UE4: Color, Light and Style
Abandoned Shinjuku Station: Modular Approach to Level Art
Abandoned Shinjuku Station: Modular Approach to Level Art
Metro Station in UE4: Modular Approach
Metro Station in UE4: Modular Approach
Creating a Modular Candy Shop in UE4
Creating a Modular Candy Shop in UE4
Working on Modular Train Car Interior in UE4
Working on Modular Train Car Interior in UE4
SanXia Street 1940: Modular Approach, Trim Sheets, Decals
SanXia Street 1940: Modular Approach, Trim Sheets, Decals
England World War 2: Modularity and Storytelling in Environment Art
England World War 2: Modularity and Storytelling in Environment Art
Making an Old Japanese Classroom in UE4
Making an Old Japanese Classroom in UE4
Boarding: Creating a Real-Time Environment in UE4
Boarding: Creating a Real-Time Environment in UE4
Making a Modular Abandoned Diner in UE4
Making a Modular Abandoned Diner in UE4
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Vitaly Bonndar

I really like Clinton’s style of teaching. He explains any topic in a way that’s very accessible and detailed. I would love to have gone through another course with such a great teacher.

James Morgan

Clinton was a great instructor providing excellent feedback great tips and techniques. He also provided extra material relating to each week’s theme or area. This adds more value to course, providing tutorials and documents to continue study.

JD Gardner

Clinton is amazing; I would absolutely take another class with him in a second. Very personable and active in the forums, great with specific feedback examples, and he clearly knows his technical stuff.

Andy Fraser

He was great. Love that he found documentations on each subject that we were learning to help us further our education.

Luca Tietto

He was really clear during the lectures and has incredible patience. Never received late a feedback or email. Definitely an incredible teacher and artist!

Caitlyn Kenney

Clinton is a very good teacher. He explains things well and is easy to understand. He went above and beyond the class material and explained other things too, and answered our questions about the industry.

Virendra Pratap Singh

This course was an amazing experience. Clinton is simply outstanding both in his knowledge and the way he teaches.

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