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The Art of Lighting for Games

A 10-week course introducing students to the science and art of lighting

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (or equivalent), Unreal Engine
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Maya (or equivalent 3D software) and Unreal Engine
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (or equivalent), Unreal Engine
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Maya (or equivalent 3D software) and Unreal Engine
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
10 weeks
Materials:
Maya (or equivalent), Unreal Engine
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Maya (or equivalent 3D software) and Unreal Engine
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Exterior Environment 1

Considering player pathing and mood | Gathering reference | Setting up the sun direction, color, and intensity | Setting up the sky light. (IBL) | Setting up the sky dome | Setting up simple reflections | Setting up a lightmass importance volume | Baking a GI solution

Week 2 | Exterior Environment 2

Understanding HDR values | Understanding post processing | Working with fog and exposure | Learning to look for separation of foreground and background elements | Setting up a different time of day

Week 3 | Interior Environment 1

Considering player pathing and mood | Gathering reference | Thinking about visual language, leading the eye | Using primary vs. static lights | Setting up local lights | Setting up interior reflections

Week 4 | Interior Environment 2

Basic light budgeting | Visual language (cont.) | Emissives | IES profiles | Spherical harmonics

Week 5 | RTS

This class will examine a top-down real time strategy environment. (i.e. League of Legends). We will use tools and concepts learned in previous projects and apply them to the needs and requirements of this platform. | Player pathing | Visual language | Effect light contribution

Week 6 | MP vs. SP

Character visibility | Post processing: character rim lighting | Considering performance

Week 7 | Cut-Scenes: Environment Lighting

Working with an interior environment | Lighting the scene for a fixed or limited camera perspective | Considering special cases: dynamic conditions, moving platforms, scripted lights | Working with post-processing

Week 8 | Cut-Scenes: Character Lighting

Working with a 3-point light rig | Determining readability | Integrating the characters with the background lighting

Week 9 | Final Project

Putting together a final level with interior and exterior areas | Polish the level | Color grading | Post processing: volumetrics and auto exposure

Week 10 | Final Project (continued)

Discussing performance | Discussing PBR | Expectations of a professional work environment

The Art of Lighting for Games
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Your journey starts here

Peter Tran is a lighting artist at Blizzard Entertainment currently working on Overwatch 2. He is best known for his illustration-like works made in Unreal Engine featuring a black cat in every of his personal projects. He previously worked at a Wizards of the Coast studio and Ubisoft Montréal. With a strong background in traditional and digital painting, Peter went to school to graduate in 3D animation and CGI to merge his love for illustration with game development. He firmly believes that lighting is one of the most crucial parts of conveying stories in any medium.

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John Griffiths

Omar is a superb artist and teacher. His lectures and feedback were easy to follow and helped to highlight areas of weakness in a submission. Omar showed us multiple ways to tackle lighting in different environments, the maths behind it, and tools to achieve results. It is a great course for anyone who wants to find their feet in the area but also pushes them to try new workflows and experiment.

Daniel Huddleston

The course completely changed how I approach lighting! Calibrating skies, exposure, and lights for physically accurate values was a game changer.. I feel like this class gave me a foundation of knowledge which I can use to light any scene.

Gina Levy

I knew the basics about the sun, point lights, spotlights, and CLUT. But to actually learn how to calibrate the sky, and go deeper into the post processing was really helpful in making my lighting pop. It really helped me think like a Lighting Artist and what steps I need to do and how to debug my lights.

Yaroslav Nykyforuk

For me, course helped to break down lighting porocess into steps (it is obvious, but i didn’t think about ‘blocking out’ in terms of lighting previously), showed me how to approach it and where to start. Also it made me aware of aspects to keep an eye on, while going through previously mentioned process. Things like phisycal correctness of a sky and sun, and more artistic like accenting on some areas, simply with for e.x. pockets of light and shadow.

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