Chowder – Chroma Key

Compatible with Godot 4

A customizable chroma key shader to draw static textures within moving objects, reminiscent of the 2007 cartoon Chowder.

This can easily be used for a green screen effect.

All nodes which implement the shader using the same image, scale, and offset values will render as though a single continuous image is overlayed across them.

To use the shader, attach it to any ShaderMaterial and configure as needed.

Shader code
shader_type canvas_item;

// Background image to render.
uniform sampler2D image : filter_linear, repeat_enable;

// Image scale.
uniform vec2 image_scale = vec2(1);

// Image offset.
uniform vec2 image_offset = vec2(0);

// Pixels below this alpha (transparency) level will not be rendered.
uniform float min_alpha : hint_range(0.0, 1.0) = 0.1;

// Color to replace.
uniform vec3 target_color : source_color;

// How closely to match the selected color when performing the replacement.bool
uniform float color_match_threshold : hint_range(0.0, 1.0) = 0.8;

// World position of vertices for fragment rendering.
varying vec2 world_pos;

void vertex() {
	// Store world position of each vertex for fragment rendering.
    world_pos = (MODEL_MATRIX * vec4(VERTEX, 0.0, 1.0)).xy;

void fragment() {
	// Don't render pixels above the minimum alpha level.
	if (COLOR.a < min_alpha)
		// Render as transparent.
		COLOR = vec4(0.0);
	// Don't replace pixels that are too different from the target color.
	else if (distance(COLOR.rgb, target_color.rgb) < 1.0 - color_match_threshold)
		// Scale the world position.
		vec2 scaled_pos = (world_pos - image_offset) / image_scale / 100.0;
		// This adjustment roughly corrects an aspect ratio bug for now.
		// TODO: Fix X axis position properly.
		scaled_pos.x *= 0.7;
		// Set color to corresponding background image pixel.
		COLOR = texture(image, scaled_pos);
2d, background, chowder, Chroma Key, godot 4, green screen, image, Static
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