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Amplify Impostors [BETA]

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1-Click Impostor Creator!
Optimize your projects with ease by using next-generation Billboard Impostors.

What are Impostors?
Impostors are camera facing quads, or simple polygonal shapes, that replace complex geometry by rendering a fake 3D representation of the original object.

Flexible
Impostors can be moved, rotated, scaled, receive and cast shadows, intersect other objects or impostors, and can be used with LODGroup or any third-party LOD system.

Modern
Making full use of GPU-based instancing, our tool provides Spherical and Octahedron Impostor techniques, the latter being capable of performing smart transitions between different views.

Features
• 1-Click Bake!
Octahedron and Spherical Impostors
Billboard Shape Editor
• Smart Blending between views
• Hardware Instancing
• Depth-write for Object Intersections
• Forward and Deferred rendering
• Full Lighting and Shadowing
• Dithered LOD Cross-Fade
• LODGroup compatible
Custom Material Baking

Upcoming Features
• Dynamic Impostors
• Batch Processing
LWRP and HDRP support

Technical Considerations
Currently only shaders exposing a Deferred path are supported for baking, such as Unity Standard shaders. However, the Impostors created can be used in both Forward and Deferred modes.

Please check our Roadmap for more information on upcoming features. This tool is currently in development, performance and quality will be gradually improved in upcoming releases.

Manual: Amplify Wiki
Discuss here: Unity Forum Thread

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References
Octahedral Impostors by Ryan Brucks
Chapter 21. True Impostors by Eric Risser
Real-time Realistic Rendering and Lighting of Forests by Eric Bruneton, Fabrice Neyret