CRYENGINE Summer Academy: Lighting Techniques

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Image Learn how to light up worlds with the latest episode from the CRYENGINE Summer Academy.
Episode 10 of the CRYENGINE Summer Academy is out today, focusing on lighting techniques to make your worlds shine. The CRYENGINE Summer Academy is a series aimed at newcomers to CRYENGINE and those with some game dev experience, using a platforming game called Breeze as a learning aid. If you’re new to the series, we have listed all episodes released so far below.

Today’s episode features Learning Manager Brian Dilg in conversation with your regular host Junior Evangelist Roman Perezogin. Over the course of 90 minutes, they discuss lighting in CRYENGINE and, in particular, the lighting in Breeze. The episode is packed full of tips and tricks for lighting your own scenes and features discussions about achieving different aesthetic moods, day and night lighting, using volumetric fog effectively, and much more. Brian also introduces a range of interesting lighting techniques and gives practical advice about implementing them for the scenes in your game.


New to the series? Catch up here:

Episode 1: Course introduction, plus basic game dev techniques, including making a character move.

Episode 2: Use the Cry Designer tool to quickly prototype levels and game mechanics.

Episode 3: Create an island map in minutes with procedural tools.

Episode 4: Low poly assets and environment design with Principal 3D Environment Artist Tom Deerberg.

Episode 5: Coding in C++ - Creating a player controller with Support Engineer Joshua Nuttall

Episode 6: Coding in C++ - Joshua shows you how to implement mechanics like falling platforms.

Episode 6A: Coding in C++ - Learn how to create bouncing platforms.

Episode 6B: Coding in C++ - Create objects that can be dropped in a zone to trigger events.

Bonus Tutorial: Create a character with Mixamo

Episode 7: Animate your character with Blendspaces

Episode 8: Code simple animation mechanics

Episode 9: Take a deep dive into CRYENGINE’s animation system

In addition to hosting CRYENGINE Summer Academy episodes, our YouTube channel is home to a wide range of content, including tutorials covering all aspects of the engine and game design. Pick up tips and tricks, ask questions, and more by joining our community and the CRYENGINE development team on our official CRYENGINE Discord channel. You can leave us feedback about our engine and get social in the comments, on the forum, or via Facebook and Twitter.

If you find a bug in the engine, please report it directly on GitHub, which helps us to process the issue quickly and efficiently. Want to show your love for CRYENGINE? Pick up merch over on the official online Crytek Store.

We're always looking for new team members. At Crytek, we value diversity, and we actively encourage people from all kinds of backgrounds and experience levels to apply to our open positions, so join us over at LinkedIn and check out our careers page.

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