Distortion/Shockwave Shader

A basic distortion shader with chromatic abberation, with modular parameters.


1. Ok. First of all, it is a screen-space shader. If one wants to add this to specific node with texture, it has to be modified a bit. Like the screen-texture has to be changed to node-specific texture with sampler2d.

2. I created it in Godot 4 {alpha10}. You can download the demo-project here. godot_shaders_distortion

3. You have to animate the radius and center parameters from outside. Add this shader to a color-rect above all nodes as a canvas layer. The center property is in range 0 to 1. So you have to normalise the position u want the distortion to originate from.

4. If any problem happens, comment here; I will try to response accordingly.


Shader code
shader_type canvas_item;

uniform float strength: hint_range(0.0, 0.1, 0.001) = 0.08;
uniform vec2 center = vec2(0.5, 0.5);
uniform float radius: hint_range(0.0, 1.0, 0.001) = 0.25;

uniform float aberration: hint_range(0.0, 1.0, 0.001) = 0.425;
uniform float width: hint_range(0.0, 0.1, 0.0001) = 0.04;
uniform float feather: hint_range(0.0, 1.0, 0.001) = 0.135;

void fragment() {
	vec2 st = SCREEN_UV;
	float aspect_ratio = SCREEN_PIXEL_SIZE.y/SCREEN_PIXEL_SIZE.x;
	vec2 scaled_st = (st -vec2(0.0, 0.5)) / vec2(1.0, aspect_ratio) + vec2(0,0.5); 
	vec2 dist_center = scaled_st - center;
	float mask =  (1.0 - smoothstep(radius-feather, radius, length(dist_center))) * smoothstep(radius - width - feather, radius-width , length(dist_center));
	vec2 offset = normalize(dist_center)*strength*mask;
	vec2 biased_st = scaled_st - offset;
	vec2 abber_vec = offset*aberration*mask;
	vec2 final_st = st*(1.0-mask) + biased_st*mask;

	vec4 red = texture(SCREEN_TEXTURE, final_st + abber_vec);
	vec4 blue = texture(SCREEN_TEXTURE, final_st - abber_vec);
	vec4 ori = texture(SCREEN_TEXTURE, final_st);
	COLOR = vec4(red.r, ori.g, blue.b, 1.0);
aberration, distortion, lens, screen-space, shockwave
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5 months ago

Looks great, but how do we use it ?
I guessed that we need to animate the radius, but I have an issue with the position. Everytime I move the camera, the effect change position?

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3 months ago
Reply to  dOob


Not sure how this one works with camera movement, but it should work fine.

The above shader can be animated by tween-ing the “size” shader parameter.

Ex. tween.interpolate_property(shockwave.material, “shader_param/size”, 0, 0.35, 0.25, Tween.TRANS_CUBIC, Tween.EASE_OUT)

4 months ago

How can I anchor the center of the shockwave to an specific node?

4 months ago

This one really needs an example on how to use it 🙁

3 months ago

no idea how to use this….it just makes my 2d texture disappear, and when I select “use parent material” there is no visible effect….