Game Dev Deep Dive

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Course Overview Video

This collection of lessons is all about merging 2D FX with high-end 3D assets. Learn how to get it done in a working production pipeline!

 

What's Included

Lessons + Source Files

 

Light Bursts

Learn how to infuse light with magic! This effect is very brief, with a lot going on that will blow your mind once you see how it's made.

FX Artist: Alex Redfish
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Fire Swoosh

Even the simplest flick of flame can be full of fancy flourishes! Here you'll learn how to dissolve shapes while maintaining their appeal.

FX Artist: Alex Redfish
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Nether Poof

Create dynamic and flowing cloudy puff shapes that eat away in a beautiful dance, with lighting and color that brings a magical vibe.

FX Artist: Alex Redfish
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Poison Splat

There are many ways to approach slime. Learn some techniques to get really dynamic flow that feels natural and appealing all at once.

FX Artist: Alex Redfish
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Dark Zap

Violent, aggressive shapes are a hallmark of dark magic FX. Have some fun letting out some sharp, dangerous lightning bolts!

FX Artist: Alex Redfish
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Bubbly Charm

Not all effects are intense and edgy. Sometimes a few magically charming effervescent bubbles are just what you need in your day!

FX Artist: Alex Redfish
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Cyber Tech Slash

Call it technomancy, user interface, or cybernetic tech magic. Whatever it may be, it requires a different approach than more organic FX.

FX Artist: Alex Redfish
Instructor: Jason Keyser

Melee: Slash

It's time to go in-game! Use some non-conventional 2D animation methods in Photoshop to create a dissolve map for the sword swipe.

FX Artist: David Shovlin
Instructor: David Shovlin

Melee: Hit Effect

Let's take the previous light burst hit effect we created, and implement it in-game. Then add some particle flourishes to help punch it up!

FX Artist: David Shovlin
Instructor: David Shovlin

Melee: Niagara Setup

For all of you interested in tinkering around inside of Niagara, let's recreate the same Melee ability using this cutting-edge tool!

Melee: Unity Setup

We are also building the Melee Slash lessons in Unity, with the same 2D FX in an equivalent project. Keep an eye out for this in early 2021.

Magic Missile: Windup

See how to make a fiery anticipation, or you can use another school of magic from a previous lesson to put your own spin on the effect!

FX Artist: David Shovlin
Instructor: David Shovlin

Magic Missile: Cast

Fire is a great foundational element for magic. See how to get abstract shapes to move forward and outward in an appealing formation.

FX Artist: David Shovlin
Instructor: David Shovlin

Magic Missile: Missile Head

The missile's leading head is the primary component in this ability, but it won't be super complex and detailed, since it moves so quickly.

FX Artist: David Shovlin
Instructor: David Shovlin

Magic Missile: Missile Sprites

2D FX can be exported as more than a flipbook. Learn how to make a 2x2 sprite sheet of appealing dissolve maps for the trailing flame licks.

FX Artist: David Shovlin
Instructor: David Shovlin

Magic Missile: Niagara Setup

For all of you interested in tinkering around inside of Niagara, let's recreate the same Magic Missile ability using this cutting-edge tool!

Magic Missile: Unity Setup

We're also building the Magic Missile lessons in Unity, with the same 2D FX in an equivalent project. Keep an eye out for this in early 2021.

Summon: Windup

It's time to put that awesome nether poof flipbook to good use, making a dark and brooding wind-up to a powerful summon spell!

Summon: Cast

Make some magic fly upwards into the sky using a few key assets to make it all come together in a column of spiralling wonder.

Summon: AoE Impact

Another challenging FX undertaking: Make some epic magic crash down into the ground, impacting an area of effect with its corruptive force!

Summon: Hit Effect

Make sure you don't forget the hit effect happening on the enemy. This shouldn't take long if you simply reuse the Nether Poof flipbook.

Summon: Niagara Setup

For all of you interested in tinkering around inside of Niagara, let's recreate the same Summon ability using this cutting-edge tool!

Summon: Unity Setup

We are also building the Summon lessons in Unity, with the same 2D FX in an equivalent project. Keep an eye out for this in early 2021.

 

Check out the other lessons in the Tradigital 2D FX Bundle

Masters of Motion

This collection is PACKED with lessons from the entertainment industry's finest 2D FX animators. Come see what they've got prepared for you.

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Post Process Pizazz

What's the next step after making solid animation and appealing drawings? Turning them into some seriously epic cinematic marvels!

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