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Procedural Foliage Tool Quick Start

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In this Quick Start tutorial we will take a look at how the Procedural Foliage Tool that is now available with the 4.8 release of Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) works. Over the course of this Quick Start tutorial you will learn how to create, setup, and spawn an entire forests worth of trees inside of UE4 using only the Procedural Foliage tool. You will also be introduced to key properties and settings that will help you shape your virtual forest to fit your project's needs.

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You will also be exposed to all of the required Actors and properties the Procedural Foliage tool requires to function correctly and deliver the results you want. When you have completed this Quick Start you will have a new level that should look similar to the image above.

Prerequisites

Before you can use the Procedural Foliage tools in your project, you must first enable them by doing the following.

  1. From the Main Toolbar click on the Edit option then click on Editor Preferences.

  2. Inside of the Editor Preferences right - click on the Experimental section.

  3. Enable the Procedural Foliage option by clicking on the checkmark box next to the word Procedural Foliage.

You will also need to download the Open World Demo Collection content pack from the Unreal Engine Marketplace as some of the content from the collection will be used in the following Quick Start. Once the Open World Demo Collection is downloaded add it to the project that you are using to follow along with this Quick Start by doing the following.

  1. From the Epic Games Launcher in the Marketplace locate and then download the Open World Demo Collection.

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  2. Go the Library section of the launcher and then under Vault section locate the Open World Demo Collection .

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  3. Click on the button that says Add to Project.

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  4. You will then be shown a list of projects that you can add this to, select the project that you are using to follow along with this Quick Start and then press the Add to Project button

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