2D lightning

This shader creates a lightning effect in the middle of the sprite. (Low down the resolution then you will have pixel art lightning effect)

`lightning_color` : specify color
`size`: how thick bolt line should be
`width`: how long the range of the bolt should be
`speed`: how fast the lightning should change
`cycle`: how many cycles the zigzag should be
`time_shift`: because we use the sine function as a random, the same `TIME` will produce the same bolt, so if we create different bolts, we need to shift the time a little bit.

Shader code
shader_type canvas_item;

uniform vec4 lightning_color: hint_color;

uniform float size: hint_range (0.,1.);
uniform float width: hint_range (0.,1.);
uniform float speed;
uniform float cycle;
uniform float ratio;
uniform float time_shift;
const float PI = 3.14159265359;

float rand(float x){
	return fract(sin(x)*100000.0);

void fragment(){
	float bolt = abs(mod(UV.y * cycle + (rand(TIME) + time_shift) * speed * -1., 0.5)-0.25)-0.125;
	bolt *= 4. * width;
	// why 4 ? Because we use mod 0.5, the value be devide by half
	// and we -0.25 (which is half again) for abs function. So it 25%!
	// scale down at start and end
	bolt *=  (0.5 - abs(UV.y-0.5)) * 2.; 
	// turn to a line
	// center align line
	float wave = abs(UV.x - 0.5 + bolt);
	// invert and ajust size
	wave = 1. - step(size*.5, wave);
	float blink = step(rand(TIME)*ratio, .5);
	wave *= blink;
	vec4 display = lightning_color * vec4(wave);
	COLOR = display;
2d, 2d_effect, bolt, lightning, pixel_art
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