2D shadow out of bounds

A natural-ish shadow that will draw out of bounds, good for top down 2D.

Thank you to deakcor and Mateus-Carmo31 as this is basically just a mashup of their code



-Make sure you leave a 1 px buffer around your sprite of empty space or it’ll stretch

-Messes with the offset settings of a sprite, be aware of that for y sorting

-If the shadow starts clipping increase the x or y buffers

-Does not currently support spritesheets, might add later


For Godot 4+

Shader code
* Shadow 2D.
* License: CC0
* https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
shader_type canvas_item;
render_mode blend_mix;

uniform vec2 deform = vec2(2.0, 2.0);
uniform vec2 offset = vec2(0.0, 0.0);
uniform vec4 modulate : source_color;
uniform float x_buffer = 2.0;//Increase these if you need your shadow to stretch further
uniform float y_buffer = 2.0;

//uniform vec2 texture_size; //uncomment for GLES2

void vertex() {	
	//This increases the size of the uv so the sprite can be drawn 'out of bounds'
	VERTEX.x *= x_buffer;
	VERTEX.y *= y_buffer;

void fragment() {
	//This part resizes your sprite back to normal after the uv adjustment
	vec2 uvTest = UV * 2.0 - 1.0;	
	uvTest.x *= x_buffer;
	uvTest.x /= 1.0;
	uvTest.y *= y_buffer;
	uvTest.y /= 1.0;
	uvTest = (uvTest + 1.0) / 2.0;
	COLOR = texture(TEXTURE, uvTest);
	vec2 uv = uvTest;
	float sizex = float(textureSize(TEXTURE,int(ps.x)).x); //comment for GLES2
	float sizey = float(textureSize(TEXTURE,int(ps.y)).y); //comment for GLES2
	//float sizex = texture_size.x; //uncomment for GLES2
	//float sizey = texture_size.y; //uncomment for GLES2
	float decalx=((uv.y-ps.x*sizex)*deform.x);
	float decaly=((uv.y-ps.y*sizey)*deform.y);
	uv.x += decalx;
	uv.y += decaly;
	vec4 shadow = vec4(modulate.rgb, texture(TEXTURE, uv).a * modulate.a);
	vec4 col = texture(TEXTURE, uvTest);
	COLOR = mix(shadow, col, col.a);
2d, shadow, top down
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