I’d like to jump in on this topic, as I’m experiencing the very same struggle/frustration. I realize that the complexity of UE4 equates to power, sophistication and quality, but there should also be straight forward, intuitive pathways to simple procedures, like manually painting on an existing mesh. The struggle I feel is like wanting to paint on a canvas, but first I’m required to go into a lab and create all my paints using very complex chemical/compound processes (which first requires a two week course in paint making), when I just want to put some paint on my brush and paint. I have downloaded lots of pre-created materials in content packs in the market place (like Open Demo, Infinity Blade: Grasslands and Landscape Mountains) that already have all the nodes-stuff, so my very limited understanding is that I should be able to select these and paint away (am I wrong on this?). I have my world imported using from Terrain.party and I used M_rock_basalt to cover the mesh. I have no problem using the sculpting tools, but when I select paint in Sculpting, the pane (where I see in so many tutorials) for changing out your materials is not anywhere on my screen. I have literally spent over 6 hours reading and watching tutorials including those put out my Epic and clicking on everything possible. I am certain that there is a simple process to do this even if it has six steps to get there. I just need the “click here, open this, select this” part clearly explained. I have made decent builds in DB Landmark using micro voxel techniques that require patience and have a learning curve, so surely I can paint some moss on a rock in UE4.
Also, is there a better way/place to post question on UE4? I have tried two posts so far, and I get the message that they need to be approved by a moderator, and they have never shown up/been posted. How do you guys get an answer to a question you have within say an hour or two, so you can get a solution and keep going?
Thank you very much in advance. I’m really looking forward to moving past my struggles and into creative output!
Edit: Wow, ok, this seemed to immediately post. not sure what changed