New DVD Release! UDK Shader Production with Andrew Maximov

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In Collaboration with Andrew Maximov we are proud to release this full-featured DVD at a much lower cost. In fact, you can watch this entire DVD free our Free Videos section, or on our Youtube Channel or Vimeo channel. We appreciate everyone's support and hope this resource is helpful in your educational journey! 

In this demonstration Andrew Maximov guides you through building various shaders from the ground up in Unreal Development Kit (UDK). He starts by going through the basics by explaining what some of the most widely used nodes in the material editor do and what they can and should be used for and then moves on to creating a custom phong lighting shader building on what was shown in the previous video for maximum effect. 

From there he creates a complex shader that goes over such things as directional blending of textures and procedural placement of snow and ice. He then shows how to create a clock shader with customisable rotating hands and moves on to create a versatile desert shader for use in environment pieces that includes sand movement for that extra polish. He then goes over how to create a cheap and effective dripping water shader and a distance based blending shader that automatically sets the texture tiling based on the position of the camera within the scene and then moves on to gradient mapping which is used to cheaply and realistically texture various objects without the need for textures. Finally he shows how to produce clean opacity masks for foliage without the need for a dedicated alpha masks. 

This DVD is perfect for those who want to learn how to efficiently create visually appealing and efficient materials in UDK. 

 DVD Chapters:
00 - 04min - Introduction
01 - 46min - Learning the Basics
02 - 19min - Custom Lighting
03 - 38min - Complex Shader - Part 1
04 - 24min - Complex Shader - Part 2
05 - 14min - Creating a Clock Shader
06 - 51min - Creating a Desert Shader
07 - 26min - Water Running Down a Surface
08 - 19min - Distance Based Blending
09 - 26min - Gradient Mapping
10 - 11min - Creating a Torch Effect
11 - 16min - Opacity Masks

Total Time - 4 1/2 Hours

About the Instructor:

Andrew Maximov has been working in the game industry for over 4 years and has worked on games such as World of Tanks and Natural Selection 2. He has given various talks at numerous universities and conferences, both in Europe and America, and is currently working at Gameloft Montreal as an Assistant Technical Art Director.