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Building a game is a multi-faceted project that includes multiple disciplines. A vastly important part of creating your game is the environment and the art used to create it. This learning path will show you the tools and skills used to build a game environment, and will teach you about creating assets for your world.Get Started
Skills: Environment Art, Character Art, 2D Art, 3D Modeling, Texturing
To get the most from this path, it is recommended that you have an understanding of art, drawing skills, 3d modeling, texturing and software interfaces for ZBrush, 3ds Max, Maya, and Substance Painter.
At the completion of this section, you will be comfortable creating assets for game props that you can import into a game engine to create your scene. These assets will be modeled, textured, and ready to implement.
Props are the various object players will inevitably interact with in games, from small cans and papers, to show stopping "hero props" like dynamic machines and traps or devices. These things add life and energy to game worlds and help provide context. In this course, Game Prop Modeling Fundamentals, you will first learn how to model a detailed high polygon prop inside 3ds Max and Zbrush. Next, you'll try your hand at designing unknown elements of a prop without guidance. Finally, you'll learn to work within the expected game constraints to save time and increase quality. When you're finished with this course, you'll understand what goes into creating a high poly game prop and be able to do it yourself. Software require: 3ds Max 2017, ZBrush.
At the completion of this section, you will be comfortable creating assets for game environments, creating textures for larger game environments, and have an intermediate grasp on preparing game environments for production.
Environment modeling is an essential part of game level creation. In this course, Game Environment Modeling Fundamentals, you'll start with creating a black out of a dungeon scene. Next, you'll split the scene in to individual assets, and will sculpt high resolution props in ZBrush. Finally, you'll take it in to Marmoset Toolbag and create a final render of the scene. By the end this course, you'll know how to layout and model your own game environment. Required Software: 3ds Max, ZBrush, Photoshop, Marmoset Toolbag.
Creating textures for games can sometimes be a very involved and confusing process. In this course, Game Environment Texturing Fundamentals you will be texturing a game environment that consists of different materials. First, you will create low polygon meshes to be used as the base of your work. Next, you will UV and bake maps on to those meshes to lay the ground work for texturing. Finally, you will create your own stylized textures in Photoshop. When you're finished with this texturing course, you'll not only be able to texture the game environment at hand, but also have sufficient skills to texture different materials and environments in the future. Software required: 3DS Max, zBrush, Photoshop, xNormal Optional: Topogun.
In this 3ds Max tutorial, we'll learn how to design modular structures for video games. Without modularity, many games would require many more resources to be made. We'll cover how to anticipate the needs of your modular structure and how to quickly detail out our design in 3D. By the end of this 3ds Max training, you'll be more knowledgeable in the principles of modularity and will understand how to design your own modular structure for games. Software required: Photoshop CC, 3ds Max 2014.
At the completion of this section, you will be comfortable creating modular game assets that you can import into a game engine to create your scene. These assets will be modeled, textured, and ready to implement into your game production pipeline.
In this course, we'll look at methods for modular modeling inside 3ds Max. When it comes to creating believable game art, detail and structure are important. With that in mind, we'll cover a detailed process to ensure our model has a final look that'll transition well. We'll also make sure our models will work later in the process, such as baking and detailing in ZBrush. By the end of this 3ds Max tutorial, you'll understand the subdivision modeling practices needed to finish out your own modular structure for games. Software required: 3ds Max 2014.
Modular structures can be tricky to create, but they don't have to be. In this course, Sculpting Modular Structures in ZBrush, you'll get a good understanding on how to sculpt while still thinking modularly. First, you'll learn how to use array meshes inside of ZBrush for modularity. Then, you'll learn how to sculpt believable stone and learn how to differentiate metal sculpting from stone. Finally, you'll learn how to think about the modularity of the structure when it comes to detail. Upon completion of this course, you'll know how to successfully sculpt a detailed modular structure. Required Software: ZBrush 4r7, 3D Studio Max.
Breaking down a modular structure into a game ready asset can be tricky if you want to maintain the ability to reuse the mesh frequently. Reusing a mesh is often not discussed in detail, but it is very technically challenging the first time. In this course, Creating Game-ready Modular Structures in 3ds Max, you'll look at how to get the best reuse from your model and make as many different shapes as possible to fit in the game. First, you'll learn how to look at the tools for optimizing a low-poly model. Next, you'll learn how to create a mesh that is easily repurposed. Then, you'll learn how to quickly and easily unwrap a complex asset. Finally, you'll learn how to turn your original structure into a new and unique design. By the end of this course, you'll know how to get a great modular structure into your next game. Software required: ZBrush, Unreal Engine 4, 3ds Max, xNormal.
In this course you'll texture modular structures to finish up your game assets. You'll look at texturing all the parts procedurally with Substance Painter 2, which will allow you to best reuse the parts you've modeled. In this course, Realistic Texturing of Modular Structures in Substance Painter 2, you'll explore how to use the procedural tools inside Substance Painter 2 to accomplish texturing a modular structure quickly and beautifully giving you more time to focus on pure quality. First, you'll learn getting a practical understanding of the Substance Painter 2 interface. Next, you'll discover how to create stone and metal procedural textures from scratch. Finally, you'll learn how to import your own textures into Unreal with standard and custom export settings. By the end of this course, you'll gain a detailed understanding of Substance Painter 2 while learning how to make your own compelling textures from modular structures. Software required: Substance Painter 2, Unreal Engine 4.
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