Posts Tagged ‘GUI’

Unity: Creating GUI transitions

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This Unity scripting tutorial shows how to manipulate the GUI system origin to create an animated transition, so you can make your GUI’s look more interesting. To keep things simple, this post shows how to create an horizontal transition between two Text Areas using a couple of buttons. All code featured below is available for download at the end of the post.

To achieve an animated transition, the origin of the GUI system must be manipulated. This is done by changing the elements of the matrix that sets the rendering reference point of the GUI elements. Conveniently, Unity allows us to do that by manipulating the GUI.matrix values. So, the script requires a Matrix4x4 object. Also, to make the code more readable, a Vector3 is going to be created, also making it easier to translate the GUI system origin. Here’s the script:

Unity: How to playback fullscreen videos using the GL class

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This Unity programming tutorial explains how to use the immediate mode rendering available at the GL class for the playback of video files. There is already another post here on 41 Post that shows how to do the same thing using GUITexture component. However, in this tutorial, a quad is going to be rendered and the video will be played at its texture.

Not only the steps required for achieving fullscreen video playback are going to be explained, but how to properly scale the video based on the screen dimensions is also featured in this post. Warning: this tutorial works only with Unity Pro because the free version doesn’t support video decoding. This post has been created and tested in Unity version 3.4. At the end of the post, a Unity project featuring all the code explained here is available for download both in C# and JavaScript.


Unity: How to create a speech balloon

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This Unity tutorial explains how to create a speech balloon, like the ones featured on comic books, in Unity3D. For any game, objects move around the screen, and in order to make the speech bubbles work, they have to follow the movement of these objects. However, the balloon can’t be translated in the 3D space, or else it will look like a regular billboard sign over the character’s head. So, it has to follow the character on the two dimensional screen space. The elongated edge of the balloon must also follow the character’s movement, stretching and shrinking accordingly.

To solve these two issues, a script is necessary, which will treat the round part and the triangular tip of the balloon separately.

Speech balloon division

The script will create a speech balloon by rendering these two parts separately. They must have the same color to create the illusion that it's a single element.


Unity: Scaling Pixel Art

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This Unity post explains how to prepare images and set the Texture Importer settings to correctly render pixel art in Unity3D. So, this post covers how the different Texture Importer settings affects the pixel art textures in 3D models and in the game’s graphical user interface (GUI).


Unity: How to make an overview map

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This Unity tutorial explains the required steps to create a map that displays the level in a top-down view. For a real-time, precise map, an orthographic camera can be placed on the top of the map and set to exclusively render a specific layer. However, this post isn’t about creating a precise map, instead it shows how to create a stylized one. A Unity project with everything explained here is available for download at the end of this tutorial.

The first step is to create a plane by clicking on GameObject->Create Other->Plane. Resize it underneath your level, making it have the same size of your scene, not bigger or smaller, just enough to fit all of the elements inside it. (more…)