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Technical Artist Summit: Build Your Own Particle System

Ben Cloward  (Senior Technical Artist, Unity)

Location: Room 3004, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Shaders are most commonly used to define the appearance of model surfaces - but they can do a lot more! In this session, Ben will show how to construct a full-featured, performance-friendly particle system using only a node-based shader tool such as Unreal's Material Editor or Unity's Shader Graph.

Attendees will learn how to make particles face the camera, move, rotate, and scale as well as control particle movement and rotation. They will learn how to control particle color and opacity, as well as how to fade out particles where they intersect with scene geometry.

Even more features can be added to provide more control, or removed to increase performance. Artists can have full control over a particle system they build themselves and Ben will show them how in this session.


Tech artists will learn to build particle systems using only a node-based shader tool like Unity's Shader Graph or Unreal's Material Editor. All assets (meshes, shaders, materials, and textures) as well as documentation will be available for download so attendees can experiment on their own after the talk.

Intended Audience

Intermediate tech artists with experience using node-based shader editors will have no trouble following along. Beginners will be introduced to the wide capabilities of shaders but may not understand all of the details. Resources will be available after the talk so that all may learn at their own pace.

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