LTCGI_Screen component is the most important part of LTCGI. This is what controls the emission of light into your scene.
It must be placed on an object containing a
Mesh Filter (generally in combination with a
Mesh Renderer, but that part is not mandatory - you can have an invisible light source that way). Light will be emitted (and reflected) in the shape of the mesh selected on the
Mesh Filter. The mesh must have exactly 3 or 4 vertices! UV Maps are supported, so textured light sources (video or static) can be UV'd.
⚠️ NOTE: There is also the
LTCGI_Emittercomponent, which can only emit non-textured, baked diffuse light, but has no geometry restrictions. Most likely you want to use an
To create a light source, place a 4-vertex mesh into your scene (Unity's built-in Quad will do) and add the component in the inspector window. If you have completed the previous step and are using an LTCGI-enabled material, you should see the mesh start to emit white light.
If it doesn't immediately work, try hitting "CTRL-S" to save your scene. This will force an LTCGI update as well, it's generally a good idea to keep hitting that while working on
an LTCGI project any Unity project. Backups as well, people!
It is very important to understand that the component only defines how the light is rendered. It does not change the appearance of the mesh itself! For example, you can have a blue mesh with an orange light:
You need to ensure that the mesh itself looks the same as the light it emits yourself, usually by changing the normal material on the Renderer!
|Area light shape||Defines the type of light mesh. |
|Color||The base color of this light. Will also be applied on textured lights as a multiplier, leave as White (1,1,1) to show textures unmodified. Supports HDR to increase brightness!|
|Try get Color from Material||Tries to load the exact color used on the Renderer's material (as |
|Diffuse Mode||Defines how the light emits diffuse light. Options are |
|Specular||Determines if specular light is emitted (reflections).|
|Dynamic||Marks this screen as dynamic. Comes with slight performance overhead, but allows moving the screen and changing its color at runtime.|
|Double Sided||If this screen emits light on both sides of the mesh.|
|Flip UV||Workaround. Some models imported from Blender or other 3D software can have flipped reflections. If you notice this, you can set this flag to un-flip them. (If anyone can tell me why this happens and has a more permanent fix, please let me know!)|
Color Mode property describes where the color for the light is coming from. It has 4 options:
|Static||The entire screen is lit up in the color set on the component.|
|Texture||The screen takes it's color values from a texture. This texture can be specified with the slider labeled |
|Single UV||Like |
|Audio Link||See AudioLink.|
Selects which Renderers in your scene should receive light from this screen. See the section on Performance Optimization for more.
Selects which lightmap channel this screen will occupy when baking a shadowmap. See section on Shadowmaps for more.