Unreal Engine 4: the Complete Guide

Unreal Engine 4: The Complete Guide

Overview

In this course we will take a look at the most powerful engine in the market that has enabled the creation of many titles in the video game industry, including the monster we no longer present, Fortnite.

My goal with this guide is to let you see, first of all, the main lines of what the Unreal Engine 4 can allow you to do.

Secondly, I will let you guide future updates to this course with your feedback and choices about the categories you want to learn more about.

This approach allows me to ensure the longevity of the course by adding more and more content, but also the certainty that the new parts will be approached with real interest since you will have chosen them.

In this course, we’ll see a lot of things together such as:

  • Installation and what you need to know about the different versions of the engine.
  • The basics including the interface, camera movements, object manipulation and Unreal’s own folder logic that you need to know if you don’t want to corrupt your projects.
  • Available Modes including Vertex Painting which allows you to paint a texture directly on a model.
  • The different types of lights, their uses and what you need to know to avoid performance loss.3
  • Materials and although complex, we will manage to create, step by step, an advanced material without any prior knowledge.
  • Objects in the video game and avoid the traps when creating or selecting your models.
  • The Blueprint, Unreal’s own programming which beyond allowing the development of gameplay functionalities, allows you to create actors to be placed directly in the levels like the classic automatic opening door.
  • Characters, their animations, as well as classic features such as jumping, walking, running and we will allow him to see in the dark with a flashlight.
  • We will take advantage of this section to configure two standard Artificial Intelligence, programmed to follow our player or make patrols at random points.
  • The HUD or Heads-Up Display will allow us to watch from the corner of the screen, the hunger of our character or his endurance level with two progress bars.
  • We will also set up a pause menu with the possibility to change the graphic settings or the screen resolution. And we will end up with another classic, the startup menu for our project.
  • Particles in a native way with Cascade and in a more advanced way with the Niagara plugin.
  • The Landscapes starting with the tools offered by the engine. Then we will create together a material with an automatic vegetative pose and a logical hierarchy so that the grass will always be on top, the rock below and the soil in between.
  • We will end this course by creating a small natural scene in which we will come and place our trees in a procedural way.
  • And we will give it a real cachet by adding a volumetric fog, activating dynamic indirect light and adjusting our Post Process to obtain a rich rendering and shadows faithful to the ambient light.
  • For more fidelity of our light, I will show you how to create your own Cube Map or HDR with Nvidia’s plugin, Ansel

Updates already planned are listed below. Please note that this list is non-exhaustive and does not represent the order of release of future updates:

  • Decals
  • Sounds and sound effects
  • Project Package (creation of a .exe of the project)
  • Generating a source version of the Unreal Engine (Visual Studio required)
  • Destruction Plugin “Chaos”
  • An architectural scene
  • Discovering the major new features of each new version of the engine.
  • Synchronizing the project with Github

This course was created in version 4.25.3 and it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to use the SAME version! If you choose to use a different version, be aware that you may encounter possible unprocessed errors in this course.

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  • Hands Down worth every penny

    I purchased this course in the hopes of creating nature scenes in UE4 and I was not disappointed. This course is a quick overview of all of the most important features of Unreal 4 and contains around 30 hours of content. The course has an extremely useful overview of material shaders, Particles and realtime VFX, Landscape and terrain generation. If you’re looking for an introductory course to UE4 which covers all the engines features in detail before focusing on the technical details of how to create a realistic environment then this is for you. I can’t wait to work through Michael’s follow up to this.

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