How To Get Started With Unity Assets

When you’re getting started in the world of game design, there are a million things you are trying to learn all at once. You’ll have to learn about game design, coding, graphics design, sound effects and music, and so much more. To make matters worse, you’ve then got to string it all together into a semblance of a working unit, and then promote the hell out of it to get other peoples attention.

Long story short, it’s a LOT of work. That’s okay though, you can do it, and the thousands of tutorials online will help you get there. If you’re just starting in the world of game design, I think you’ve made a fantastic choice choosing Unity as the engine for your game. It’s multi-platform, user-friendly, and supported by a comprehensive asset store.

It’s that asset store and the assets that you can obtain from it, that we’re here to talk about today.

How Much Do Assets Cost?

You, however, are just getting started. You’re probably not looking to dump thousands of dollars into assets right now when you’ve barely taken your first steps into game design right? That’s okay! There are hundreds of free assets on the Unity Asset Store as well.

Using these assets, you can hone your skills, and many of them are licensed for you to use in your finished projects. Make sure you read the description to find out what kind of license they are provided under, but for the most part using these assets can help give you a springboard into the world of game development.

How Do I Download Unity Asset Store Assets?

  1. Open the Unity Hub, and then select the project that you want to import assets into. In my case, I will use my Test Project.
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The Unity Hub

2. Once the Unity Editor has loaded, if you are working with a blank project, you will be looking at a screen much like the one below.

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The Unity Editor Main Screen

3. Now, approximately one-third of the way across the screen, you’ll notice an Asset Store button. Click that.

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The Unity Editor Main Screen with the Asset Store button circled.

4. You should now be on the main page of the Unity Asset Store. Now we need to select an Asset and import it. I’m going to select the Dream Forest Tree, but you are welcome to select any asset you desire. Click on the picture or the title of the asset to be brought to its store page. Once there you can read the description, about the license, and then purchase the asset.

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5. Once you have decided on the asset that you wish to download from the Unity Asset store, click the download or purchase button on its store page. Your download will then begin and when it’s complete we will be able to import it into our game. This may take some time.

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6. Once downloaded, there are two ways to get the asset into our game. The first way is if we are still on the store page, we can click “Import” right here. The wizard will then walk you through importing the files into your game.

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The Download or Purchase button has become the Import button.

The alternative method can be used if you purchased the asset a while ago, or you have simply left the store page for the asset. Click the “My Assets” button that is circled on this next screenshot.

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The “My Assets” button is circled.

This will bring you to a new page where all of your assets will be listed. Navigate through your owned assets until you locate the one you wish to download.

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The Dream Forest Tree asset is on the top of my list of assets. Click import to download.

Click the “Import” button to import the asset into your project.

7. It doesn’t matter which method you choose, there will be loading bars…

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8. Then you will be presented with the Import Unity Package Utility.

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Import Unity Package Utility

You are going to want to import everything associated with the package, however, if you know now that you only want a specific piece of the package, you could select it here. When you are ready, click import in the bottom right-hand corner of this screen.

9. There you have it, there will be more loading bars, but you have successfully imported a new asset into your Unity Project. Congratulations, you’re on your way to building an entire world.

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A few of the trees.

Acknowledgement

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Freelance Writer and Programmer. https://PatrickFluke.com

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