Material Creation Workflows in UDK
by Joshua Kinney
In this series of UDK tutorials we will learn the core fundamentals of creating materials in UDK. Software required: Unreal Development Kit (February 2013 Beta).
What you'll learn
In this series of UDK tutorials we will learn the core fundamentals of creating materials in UDK. We'll start out by breaking down the interface and learning how to navigate the graph and previewer. Then we'll jump into learning the anatomy of the material node and expressions. Once we have a clear understanding of how materials are made, we'll dive into creating a basic material with a diffuse, specular and normal map. After that, we'll push our basic material further by enhancing the specular and normal map with expressions. Then we'll finish the UDK training by experimenting with some really awesome expressions and maps. Software required: Unreal Development Kit (February 2013 Beta).
About the author
Joshua is a devoted games author at Pluralsight. For years Joshua has been a key author behind Digital-Tutors' (now a Pluralsight company) popular game engine training. As a kid, he had a passion for playing video games, which eventually developed into a fascination with the process of game creation. The question of "How'd they do that?" led Joshua on a quest to learn to make these games himself. Ever since then, Joshua has devoted his life to creating games, as well as teaching others to build ... moretheir own fantastic video games.
He gets a huge sense of pride in knowing that he can make a difference in helping people create incredible games. From platformers to puzzlers, Joshua will gladly guide any artist who wants to start using a game engine and learn to put some power behind their polygons. At Pluralsight, he has been honored to develop the core curriculum for CryENGINE, Unity, UDK, and Unreal Engine 4.