Making a Zelda Environment in Unreal Engine 4

Learn how to make stunning environments with 8.5 hours of high-quality training! You’ll be guided step by step on how to create a stylized real time Zelda-inspired environment in UE4 and ensure that your composition and blockout are extremely strong before moving forward.

Professional Game Dev Workflows

You will learn how to plan your Unreal Engine 4 scene, experiment with blockouts, create master materials, trim sheets, lighting, and using Gaea for our terrain. By the end of the first section, you will have the knowledge and understanding of how to approach blocking out a game environment.

Realtime Game Environments

With a focus on set dressing and world-building, we’ll ensure that the scene has a purpose and feels believable. By the end of this course, you will have the skills to start utilizing particle systems, splines, decals, post-processing and the sequencer to create cinematics. Best of all – Everything is raytraced with RTX on.

Your Instructor

Kem Yaralioglu is a Material Artist at Frontier Developments, Freelance Environment Artist and owner of Experience Points. He’s worked on games like Rainbow Six Siege, Life Beyond, and Elite Dangerous. His versatility and focus on stylized aesthetics in the Environment Art field makes him great at crafting large open worlds, materials, lighting scenes and everything in between.

Contains

  • 19 HD videos
  • Source Files (Textures, Models, Unreal Projects)

Chapter List

01 – Project Setup Terrain
02 – Master Material Setup
03 – Foliage Part 01
04 – Blockout Lighting
05 – Moss Blend and Edge-Wear
06 – First Unwrap, Updating Models
07 – Trim Sheet – Substance Designer Part 01
08 – Trim Sheet Substance Designer Part 02
09 – Edge Wear Update
10 – Foliage Part 02
11 – Painting Foliage
12 – Butterflies
13 – Ivy
14 – Fireflies
15 – Lighting and Raytracing
16 – Grunge Decals Cleanup
17 – Animals
18 – Cinematics
19 – Post Processing

Skill Level

This series is perfect for game artists who are comfortable in Unreal Engine and Maya and want to take their work to the next level!

Reviews

Average rating: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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  • Frustrating but good

    Pretty glad I was experienced in most of the softwares Kem used or else I would have been totally lost.

    Even so, the tutorial felt a bit disorganized and there was just not enough in-depth information on WHY we were doing the specific things we were doing. I felt like there wasn’t enough clarity on why we did “X” thing for “Y” reason to reach our ultimate goal.

    I always try to mirror tutorials to really try to fully learn and understand what the instructor is trying to teach us, but for other tutorials in this price range I felt like even if I didn’t follow step by step what the instructor was doing I still understood fully WHY we were doing the things we were doing – for this one not so much.

    However, seeing Kem’s workflow was a great experience, and he does teach us some very powerful tools. There’s a lot of good information here, just not conveyed as good as I wished. Overall I learned a lot from it and I don’t regret the purchase at all, but it is a shame that it was at times very frustrating to learn from.

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    • 100% agree. I was going to write a review speaking pretty much to the same points — you beat me to it.

      It goes without saying the end product Kem is showcasing in this lesson is objectively great, and he doesn’t need some random dude commenting on the internet to make himself feel good about the quality he produces. He’s a professional.

      So here’s a hopefully helpful consumer perspective for the FlippedNormal team from a potential future buyer of more tutorials from your marketplace. (And again, Henning and Morten have been a go-to source for me on youtube for a year+ now. Keep doing what you’re doing.)

      The approach of record-what-I-did-in-a-sped-up-timelapse-and-talk-about-it-in-dub-over-about-how-I’ve-found-this-to-be-just-my-personal-workflow-and-hope-you-get-why is an approach I expect from freebie stuff on youtube. You’ve got guys like Blenderguru who, by comparison, made a damn 253-part video series on making a friggin’ donut. In all seriousness, he takes the time to tell you about the Why you would do something *before* you get into the thick of the actual process. He’ll show an example of a typical beginner’s uninformed understanding and how that would lead him/her into all sorts of undesirable outcomes, then he backtracks and shows you a proper way, wrapping up with a lengthier, but more-valuable lesson on how that’s important in the long run. (I think of the parable of teaching a man to fish in this regard.)

      Another example is Yansculpts. For $5 a month on his Patreon, you get his timelapse videos and final .blend files. His release schedule makes this essentially $5/sculpt session. And more times than not, he’ll release some modified version of that content on youtube for free in a condensed form with the highlights.

      I am definitely part of the target audience for all of these content creators and platforms, and there’s a clear difference between someone considering their tutorial a proper lesson–going above and beyond and teaching you the How and Why you would do something a certain way, the pitfalls and issues of another, etc.–and a glorified click-a-long. One of these things definitely warrants a $40+ price tag. I paid for this at a discounted price and that was the absolute max I was willing. This is currently at $80 like a majority of things on this market, and I won’t give those a second look unless it’s on sale for at least half. It’s a matter of the economics of what’s available on competing platforms for the perceived same quality.

      That’s my 2 cents as a proper fan of the FN Youtube channel, which has given me tons of great insights into the industry. I hope that at the very least, this is taken in the spirit of constructive feedback that I mean it to be.

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    • Hi Benjamin,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback – it’s great for us to hear your thoughts on this course, but it’s regrettable that you didn’t have an optimal learning experience. It’s very important to us that the courses on FlippedNormals is the best they can be, so we’ve come up with a plan together with Kem, the instructor, on how we can improve this tutorial.

      Kem is currently working on a free update which we hopefully will have ready within the next few weeks. We’re hoping this will help tackle some of the problem areas you pointed out in your review.

      Thank you once again for the feedback!

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  • Great tutorial but some experience required

    I purchased this tutorial to learn more about procedural workflows like custom materials, generating a landscape with foliage as well as particle systems and I was not disappointed. With the help of this tutorial I was successfully able to create a scene with a similar style and I will probably include many of these techniques in my future projects.
    The tutorial is definitely not for beginners, if I did not had previous experience with the required software I would have probably struggled to follow along. A few parts felt a bit rushed and sometimes the instructor made changes or additions behind the scenes which made it frustrating to catch up. If I really got stuck though I could always access the source files and get from there what I needed.
    Overall I can say that I have acquired a lot of useful knowledge from this tutorial and even though it can be hard to follow sometimes I would recommend it to anyone who has at least some experience with 3D modeling and Unreal Engine.

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  • Awesome tutorial

    With this tutorial I have learn a lot of things about Unreal Engine Materials. It helped me a lot to know how to make some folliage and how to do environment terrains. I will reccomend it to people who know some basic things about UE4 and they want to learn more.

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  • Not really step by step

    It’s nice to see the workflow, but this definitely isn’t a “step by step” course. Big parts of it, especially in the beginning, feel rushed and skimmed over.
    Feeling a bit disappointed considering the price of this tutorial.

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    • Hi Kevin,

      We’re sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience with this course. It’s important for us that you always have a good learning experience when you follow our exclusive tutorials, so we have reached out to Kem, the instructor, and come up with a plan on how to target the problem areas of this course. The plan is to roll out a free update, hopefully within the next few weeks.

      Thank you for taking your time to share your thought with us!

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  • ok

    is was good and it showed me a few things mostly in unreal and designer but it seemed rushed from time to time and i still have many questions

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    • Hi Russell,

      We’re sorry to hear you didn’t have an optimal experience with this course. We take feedback very seriously and it’s important to us that our courses are the best they can be. We’ve therefor come up with a plan together with Kem, the instructor, and plan to roll out a free update for this tutorial in the coming weeks. Hopefully this will help address the issues you found with this course.

      Thanks again for your feedback!

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    • later note, id raise it to a 4 star, i can be quite quick in places but it was really good and id say i learnt lots and with a little more of my own research i dont have many questions

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  • Not in depth as expected.

    It felt more like a speed-run than an actual tutorial. It sadly left me with more questions than answers.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts on this course. We take reviews very seriously and it’s important for us that you always have a good learning experience when you take our courses. We’ve therefore contacted Kem, the instructor, and come up with a plan on how to target the problem areas of this course. The plan is to roll out a free update, hopefully within the next few weeks.

      Thanks again for giving us your feedback – it’s very valuable to us!

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    • “like a speed-run” is pretty accurate

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  • Good, But Could Be Better

    I really enjoy learning the workflow behind a true environment artist throughout this package. However, this is NOT a beginner series by any means. If you don’t already understand the concepts behind node-based material and function interactions, then this is not the series for you. The opening video skims through lessons and cuts out very important details that users need to understand when creating complex materials and functions. I was a little disappointed with the presentation as a whole, regardless of the skill behind the instructor. For this kind of price range, people deserve to know every detail behind the instructor’s workflow rather than the general idea of how they formed a working system. Even with the first video in the series, not every asset, texture or function is directly included for educational use. Sure, there are some other assets and even a UE4 file that users can utilize later in the series, but not in the opening video, which is a huge problem. It took me a little over 9 hours to complete the first, hour-long introduction video. That is beyond unreasonable (this coming from a user with a degree in Game Design). I am by no means the best artist out there, but I do understand common practicality with tutorials and how they should be presented to the public. If the series is presented as being something that users can create from the ground up, then make sure they have all available programs, tools, assets, textures and overall blueprints to complete a task. The knowledge behind these features should be explained with ease. I found myself looking at a lot of unexplained designs in the series that were constantly referenced to as “look it up online” or “just copy what I did here” with no true breakdown or explanation of how they were created. I hate to leave this kind of review, I really do support this kind of educational know-how being spread throughout the gaming community. It’s rare to find content like this, but it’s only fair to share this with everyone for the sake of all educational needs moving forward. Unfortunately, to me, this series was a let down. In the future, I will update my review (if I’m able to continue following along with the videos). Best wishes to FlippedNormals, the instructor and the community, I hope this helps.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about this course with us. It’s very valuable for us to hear your feedback and we take it deeply serious that you don’t feel like you’ve gotten a good learning experience in this tutorial. We’ve therefore come up with a plan together with Kem, the instructor, and plan to roll out a free update in a few weeks time that address the issues you’re describing in your review. We hope this will improve your experience.

      Thank you once again for your honest thoughts!

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  • the key

    I just started working with Unreal a little while ago,
    so I’m still getting the hang of the basics. I’ve just been going through the different chapters… They’re the key to get me fully into the adventure !!
    thank you…
    sorry, I’m going back… 10/10

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