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Unity project showing how to use the custom Package LightProbesVolumes for placing lightprobes automatically

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LightProbesPlacement

Unity project that shows how to use the custom Package LightProbesVolumes for placing lightprobes automatically ( now for Unity 2018.1 and above ).

The LightProbesVolumes package allows you to place Lightprobes automatically inside a volume, above static geometry with collisions. If you have a static floor and objects with collisions, it will detect them and place lightprobes above them on a grid with a resolution you can choose. By default it will add 2 layers of probes above the detected meshes, or you can choose to fill the volume completely.

This script will add a "Lighting" menu in Unity and a LightProbesVolume item in the Gameobject / Light menu.

New :

  • now requires 2018.1 or above
  • the scripts are now inside a package. This package is a submodule of this repository, make sure you either update submodule or download is separately here
  • the light probe placement now works correctly with rotated volumes
  • the "follow floor" finally does something : when checked the placement uses raycast against static objects, when disabled it just follows the volume
  • the script will only place lightprobes above static objects, if the script doesn't place any lightprobes, make sure your environment colliders are flagged as static
  • the debug for the "inside geometry check" is now cyan

How to use it :

  • Create / Light / Lightprobe Volume
  • Set the size of the box to the size of the area you want to place lightprobes in ( if you have a ceiling it is recommended to set the vertical bounds lower to the ceiling, or it will spawn probes on top of it).
  • Set the " Light probe volume settings" :
    • vertical and horizontal spacing ( one probe every X meters )
    • offset from floor is at which vertical distance from the collision you want to spawn the first layer of probes
    • number of layers is the number of probes that will be placed vertically above the hit collider
    • fill volume enabled will fill the whole height of the volume instead of just doing X number of layer
    • discard inside geometry will test if your probe is inside an object with collisions. This will only work if the top face of your volume is not itself inside an object with collisions. In order to check this enable "draw Debug" and fill the volume : the green cross at the top has to be located in the air and not inside a geometry.
    • Click the button !
  • When you have several volumes setup in your scene and you want to refresh them all :
    • Go to lighting / Refresh lightprobes volumes. This will place again the probes in all the volumes in the scene.

Improvements I would like to do :

  • Replace the raycast to colliders by raycast to meshrenderers

Troubleshoot :

  • if the script doesn't place any lightprobe, make sure your geometric is marked as static, and that it has a collider. Using colliders isn't ideal but I haven't found a good solution that would work without them.

Contributions :

This was originally based on the script shared by ghostmantis games : http://ghostmantis.com/?p=332

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