2D Background Design For Games – Vector Techniques

2D Background Design For Games – Vector Techniques

Udemy – 2D Background Design For Games – Vector Techniques

Create a unique visual style for your game in Photoshop

What you'll learn

Research and design a unique visual game style
Learn professional game artist workflow
Ability to test game graphics in the game engine Unity
Apply colour theory knowledge to create eye catching graphics
Use shape contrast to create effective overall design
Create readable thumbnail sketches in black and white


Basic drawing ability is a must
Intermediate understanding of Photoshop & basic understanding of Unity
Digital drawing tablet
Software required: Free version of Unity (minimum version 5.5of3) & Trial of Photoshop


Focusing on fast vector techniques in Photoshop you will create a unique looking style for a 2d platform running game. Skills you must have already:

Basic drawing ability
Basic experience with Photoshop
Basic understanding of Unity

The vector techniques covered are simple and effective to give maximum impact in a short amount of time. Using Photoshop smart objects is a key concept of the course a technique commonly used by professional game artists.

Split into two sections first you get familiar with the vector tools and thumbnail process. Then we jump into a mini project called the Golden Antelope inspired by Indonesian folklore. You'll see the whole process take shape from thumbnails to finished image.

*Assignments are included during the course to aid you learning. Feedback is available directly from the instructor who has a track record that spans over twenty commercial game releases.

What is also included in the course?

Full HD Stylized Background made by a Rovio game artist free to use for your game projects
2D Unity game template to test your assets
Links to learning games, articles, tips, tricks & more!

As this course is aimed at those with a basic understanding of Photoshop it moves fast giving you the key concepts so that you can apply the techniques to your own game productions.

Part 1: Nick Sweetman

Guiding you through the basic vector tools and thumbnail process I get you up to speed before you start going through the mini game project. We cover tips and tricks to speed up workflow and look at the main vector techniques with the pen tool.

Part 2: Graphics: Maureen Lukito - Narration: Nick Sweetman

Rovio game artist Maureen Lukito shows the workflow she uses to create a professional 2d game background. We go from scheduling to blocking out the assets and implementing them into the game engine Unity. The template scene gives you the essential elements you need to test your environment: A jumping character, animated parallax layers with basic functionality for you to move through the level. The template is coded by game programmer Yrjö Peussa and is specifically designed for testing and is not a complete game, if you know coding feel free to build on top!

Who this course is for:

Has a basic drawing ability and wants to learn professional game techniques
Hobbyist looking to improve skills
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