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Build Stunning Real-time VFX with Unreal Engine 5

By : Hrishikesh Andurlekar
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Book Image

Build Stunning Real-time VFX with Unreal Engine 5

5 (1)
By: Hrishikesh Andurlekar

Overview of this book

While no game would be complete without visual effects, the ever-evolving VFX industry churns out stellar digital environments that can make your games stand out from the crowd. Build Stunning Real-time VFX with Unreal Engine 5 is here to help you boost your creativity using Niagara to make jaw-dropping particle systems backed by the power of Unreal Engine 5—without a line of code. This handy guide for VFX artists takes you through the principles and concepts of designing particle systems and design workflows, along with the architecture of Niagara, Unreal Engine 5’s VFX system. Throughout the book, you’ll build a series of mini projects that will put your particle system knowledge to the test. As you advance, you’ll cover topics such as creating your own custom modules, debugging workflows, and controlling particles with blueprints, and conclude by working on two projects that will bring everything together into a neat package. By the end of this VFX book, you’ll have a deeper understanding of particle systems, improving your skills, portfolio, and the chances of being employed by studios using Unreal Engine 5.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction to Niagara and Particle Systems in Unreal Engine 5
Part 2: Dive Deeper into Niagara for VFX

Adding a Niagara System to a Blueprint Actor

We added a Niagara System to the level by dragging it into the level. But that is not the only way of adding a Niagara System to a level. Niagara Systems can also be added as part of a blueprint class actor. When you develop complex blueprint assets that have particle effects as a part of their creative design, it is preferable to just integrate a Niagara System into the Blueprint itself rather than keeping it as an individual asset to be dropped into a level. This will also allow us to build relationships between the behavior of a Blueprint and the behavior of a particle system. For example, we could have the particle system change color as the blueprint asset speeds up. For now, let us see how we can add a Niagara System to a blueprint class.

Let’s create a Blueprint class that incorporates a Niagara System.

Right-click in a blank area in the Content Browser to open the menu and choose the Blueprint Class option.