Why It’s Time YCB Got The Oculus – An Editorial.

I has been six months now since the original plan for YouCanBlue.com as an alternative to replace 3d-palace was rolled out and in that time it has started to gain a lot of traction in the training scene and in the news scene as an independent source; Now we would really like to build on that and look at using the Oculus Rift in order to create VR training, showing how to build worlds inside the UE4 editor using the new and exciting tools that were previewed just yesterday (1st March 2017) during the Unreal Engine 4 presentation at GDC! ... Read More

The Underground Compound in UE4 – Lesson 4 – Making realistic modular textured assets of your own.

Enjoy part four of the Underground Compound set!  This time BLUE shows you how to create realistic textures quickly and easily using Quixel's DDo on a wall and window asset that has been simply unwrapped and colour mapped - the colour IDs are then mapped to a texture type and wear is added - after which it is exported and put inside of Unreal Engine 4. It's quick, its easy and it's enjoyable.  Give it a go! Timelapse is underneath in case you just want some fancy fresh tunes and pretty visuals! About the AuthorBlueFounder of Youcanblue as well as ... Read More

Importing Textures to Quixel and then to UE4

You are going to need to learn how to import your own textures - whether they are ones you have created or ones from a texture library - into Unreal Engine 4 correctly.  To reduce draw calls from the engine you should ideally made an instanced material from this using parameters so that you have the ability to use multiple variations of your material with different specularity, normal strength or any other parameter based changes that may need to different over multiple similar yet different materials (think different colored tiles for example in different areas of a level). In this ... Read More

Megascans to Max to Unreal Engine 4 – A Video Lesson by Blue

Using Megascans in your pipeline is a quick and easy way to add detailed environments to your work.  Rather than using processor intensive tessellation however, why not try using this method which will reduce your overheads and at the same time give an excellent result!  Enjoy fully narrated video with Blue in this FREE and great video lesson. For this project you will need Quixel's Megascans, 3ds Max or any other 3d app that can manage image based displacement and Unreal Engine 4.  Have fun and as always - let me know if you enjoyed the video lesson! TUTORIAL – ... Read More

Underground Compound Series – Learn to make FPS levels in Unreal Engine 4, Part 3

Welcome to part three of learning how to make an FPS level from end to end using free and built assets!  In this third part of the set we take you a little out of your comfort zone by showing you how to create an asset from scratch using a 3d application!  (In this case 3ds Max).  Following building and a simple unwrap of the piece, we use Photoshop and Quixel to quickly and easily build up it's textures and then put them into Unreal Engine 4! It's easy and GREAT fun so why not give it a try - ... Read More

Timelapse Cooldown 5 – Unreal Engine 4 mystery island.

WELCOME to the YouCanBlue Timelapse Cooldown number five!  In this timelapse Blue will take you on a journey creating a mysterious island in Unreal Engine 4 using free assets and the Rocks pack from Danny Kauer.  Enough words - have a watch now... The full video is about 55 minutes long before processing into a timelapse and will be available shortly via its own page on the Learning tab of the youcanblue website.  Apologies to all regulars who enjoy the YCB timelapse cooldowns, more will be coming however it has been a busy season as you can imagine and we ... Read More

YCB Presents – A Rock Tutorial for ZB and UE4 by Danny Kauer plus Interview!

This is a great tutorial by Danny Kauer, creator of several high grade asset packs on the Unreal Engine marketplace.  This tutorial will show you in stages how Danny goes about creating realistic rocks for use in game engines including Unreal Engine 4, Lumberyard and Unity3d. There is an interview with Danny further down the page so scroll down once you are finished and read up! Hi, my name is Danny and i want you to show how I make Rocks for the Unreal Engine 4. I use Zbrush 3ds Max and Photoshop, so lets get started! I begin in ... Read More

Underground Compound Series – Learn to make FPS levels in Unreal Engine 4, Part 2

Feeling impatient? You can watch the timelapse of Chapter 2 and get an idea what is going on here. ...Or you can get your feet wet right away and watch the full timelapse with narration by Blue. Hi there!  Welcome to Chapter Two of our FREE set on how to make game FPS game levels inside of Unreal Engine 4.  This chapter is going to take you into using blueprints today in order to do some special functions! You can watch Chapter 1 here if you have not seen it yet. Using the Blueprint Editor in Unreal Engine 4 gives ... Read More

Underground Compound Series – Learn to make FPS levels in Unreal Engine 4, Part 1.

Feeling impatient? You can watch the timelapse of Workbench 1 and get an idea what is going on here. ...Or you can get your feet wet right away and watch the full timelapse with narration by Blue. Overall DifficultyNot hard at all!DESCRIPTION : Putting the art back into Level Design, welcome to Workbench part 1, where Blue is going to show you how to create your empty basic FPS level for running around and shooting your default UE4 Gun.  The game at this point is a singleplayer experience with no real detail in the level or gameplay mechanics. The overall ... Read More

The Indie Game Developer on a Budget – Some Tips

The Indie Game Developer on a Budget. Now let's not start out on a false pretense... you need a computer, and you need one that can run todays video games ideally - not necessarily on their highest setting of course; My own computer is a first generation i7 with a GeForce 760 I purchased second-hand However, if you are using a game computer I have two recommendations that you may need to beg, borrow (money from grandma) or steal (from your college fund / next month's mortgage payment) in order to get. This is assuming you have the graphics card ... Read More

Substance Source from Allegorithmic is Released

Today Allegorithmic has announced the introduction of Substance Source, their new materials library that integrates into their existing software suite. In the words of Sébastien Deguy, founder of Allegorithmic; "Substance Source is what we envision when we talk about what a library of materials should be. A library that doesn’t impose a specific technique or style. A library that contains all kinds of materials, whether hand-painted, scanned or procedural – or a mix thereof. Whatever the type, what really matters is the quality, diversity, and customizability of this content." To this end Allegorithmic has started to create an online set ... Read More

Nintendo Switch, Unreal Engine and the Indie Developer – GameDev News

The Nintendo Switch has just been announced and this heralds a new and exciting time for the indie game developer. The new system features Nvidia technology and will be compatible with the latest game engine technology, including the Unreal Engine which we know is a favorite of many of our viewers. This means that there is a whole world of awesome games that can be made and as a game developer or artist you can be at the forefront of development, with Unreal Engine 4 almost certainly being updated soon to allow builds for the latest Nintendo lovechild. Even for ... Read More

Free – Android Wallpaper Using Unreal Engine, A Set of Lessons with Blue

Start Your Engines... Difficulty15% This set of lessons is suitable for someone who has only just started using Unreal Engine and has no developed skills yet. Using this short course will teach you how to create an animated Android Wallpaper in about an hour. Tools used are; Unreal Engine (free) Unreal Engine Sculpted Rock Pack (optional) Unreal Engine Zombie1 Pack (optional) Unreal Engine Water resource pack (free) AnimGif for Android (free version) Remember - there should be nothing holding you back - this set of lessons will teach you important skills such as; Managing your project Placing assets to make ... Read More