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Unity 2021 Shaders and Effects Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By : John P. Doran
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Unity 2021 Shaders and Effects Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By: John P. Doran

Overview of this book

Shaders enable you to create powerful visuals for your game projects. However, creating shaders for your games can be notoriously challenging with various factors such as complex mathematics standing in the way of attaining the level of realism you crave for your shaders. The Unity 2021 Shaders and Effects Cookbook helps you overcome that with a recipe-based approach to creating shaders using Unity. This fourth edition is updated and enhanced using Unity 2021 features and tools covering Unity's new way of creating particle effects with the VFX Graph. You'll learn how to use VFX Graph for advanced shader development. The book also features updated recipes for using Shader Graph to create 2D and 3D elements. You'll cover everything you need to know about vectors, how they can be used to construct lighting, and how to use textures to create complex effects without the heavy math. You'll also understand how to use the visual-based Shader Graph for creating shaders without any code. By the end of this Unity book, you'll have developed a set of shaders that you can use in your Unity 3D games and be able to accomplish new effects and address the performance needs of your Unity game development projects. So, let's get started!
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Chapter 8: Fragment Shaders and Grab Passes

So far, we have relied on Surface Shaders. They have been designed to simplify the way shader coding works, providing meaningful tools for artists. If we want to push our knowledge of shaders further, we need to venture into the territory of Vertex and Fragment Shaders.

Compared to Surface Shaders, Vertex and Fragment Shaders come with little to no information about the physical properties that determine how light reflects on surfaces. What they lack in expressivity, they compensate for with power. Vertex and Fragment Shaders are not limited by physical constraints and are perfect for non-photorealistic effects. This chapter will focus on a technique called the grab pass, which allows these shaders to simulate deformations.

In this chapter, we will cover the following recipes:

  • Understanding Vertex and Fragment Shaders
  • Using grab passes to draw behind objects
  • Implementing a Glass Shader
  • Implementing a Water Shader...