Emission controls the color and intensity of light emitted from the surface. When you use an emissive Material in your SceneA Scene contains the environments and menus of your game. Think of each unique Scene file as a unique level. In each Scene, you place your environments, obstacles, and decorations, essentially designing and building your game in pieces. More info
See in Glossary, it appears as a visible source of light. The GameObjectThe fundamental object in Unity scenes, which can represent characters, props, scenery, cameras, waypoints, and more. A GameObject’s functionality is defined by the Components attached to it. More info
See in Glossary appears to be self-illuminated.
Emissive materials are usually used on GameObjects where some part should appear to be lit up from inside, such as the screen of a monitor, the disc brakes of a car braking at high speed, glowing buttons on a control panel, or a monster’s eyes which are visible in the dark.
You can define basic emissive materials with a single color and emission level. To enable the Emission property, tick the Emission checkbox. This enables the Color and Global Illumination sub-properties. Click the Color box to open the HDR Color panel. Here you can alter the color of the illumination and the intensity of the emission:
GameObjects that use these materials appear to remain bright even in dark areas of your Scene.
As well as simple control over emission using a flat color and brightness setting, you can assign an emission map to this parameter. As with the other texture map parameters, this gives you much finer control over which areas of your material appear to emit light.
If a texture map is assigned, the full color values of the texture are used for the emission color and brightness. You can use the emission value intensity field to boost or reduce the overall emission level of your material.
As well as the emission color and brightness, the Emission parameter has a Global Illumination setting, allowing you to specify how the light emitted from this Material affects the contextual lighting of other nearby GameObjects. There are three options
Realtime - Unity adds the emissive light from this Material to the Realtime Global Illumination calculations for the Scene. This means that this emissive light affects the illumination of nearby GameObjects, including ones that are moving.
Baked - Unity bakes the emissive light from this Material into the static Global Illumination lighting for the Scene. This Material affects the lighting on other nearby static GameObjects, while Light ProbesLight probes store information about how light passes through space in your scene. A collection of light probes arranged within a given space can improve lighting on moving objects and static LOD scenery within that space. More info
See in Glossary still affect dynamic GameObjects.
None - The emissive light from this Material does not affect Realtime lightmapsA pre-rendered texture that contains the effects of light sources on static objects in the scene. Lightmaps are overlaid on top of scene geometry to create the effect of lighting. More info
See in Glossary, Baked lightmaps or Light Probes in the Scene, and does not illuminate or affect other GameObjects. The Material itself does have the emission color.
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