UDK Shader Production - Practical Shader Techniques with Andrew Maximov

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 on our Youtube Channel or our 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

About the Instructor: Andrew Maximov has been working in the game industry for over 5 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 KIXEYE San Francisco as a Senior Environment Artist.
Apps Used: Unreal Development Kit (UDK July 2013). You can download it free HERE
Duration: 5 Hours
Instructor: Andrew Maximov
DL Filesize: 435 MB
Project Files: Provided is the final UPK package file for your reference.

User Comments


April 12, 2015 - 9:23pm

Does these UDK shader tutorials(Advanced Visual FX Masterclass and this tutorial) apply for a different game engine such as unity? Unity uses CG shader, and unity's own shaderlab. I really want to learn how to create shaders and these video seems perfect except for the fact that its in UDK