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Mastering Unreal by Jeff Wilson, Zak Parrish, Jason Busby

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Chapter 2. Advanced Material Construction

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Over the next several tutorials, we explore some of the effects that can be achieved by creating more complex networks of expressions as well as creating customizable materials through the use of parameters. This is where the true power of the material system provided in Unreal Engine 3 begins to shine. Throughout this chapter, you create materials putting these effects and principles into practice. Many of the materials created use several of the methods mentioned to achieve the desired result.

Material Instancing and Parameters

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of Unreal Engine 3’s material system is ...

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