Noise Offset (Wiggle)

Uses a noise texture to offset pixels on the screen to make things wiggly or wavy. This would work well with an aquatic theme!

One of the inputs required is a noise texture. This can be one generated by Godot, or one you have saved.


  1. Create a new CanvasLayer in your 2D or 3D scene
  2. Create a ColorRect as a child of the CanvasLayer
  3. Use the FullRect anchor preset to size the ColorRect to fill the whole screen
  4. In the ColorRect, in `CanvasItem`, under `Material`, choose `New Shader Material`
  5. In the Material, in `Shader`, choose `New Shader`
  6. Here you can choose a name for your shader and we can start customizing!


  • I used a blue noise texture that I found online for my examples. It’s a more uniform noise pattern than what you tend to get from Godot’s noise generator.
  • It is possible to convert this shader to a spatial one
    • change COLOR to ALBEDO
    • calculate the SCREEN_PIXEL_SIZE based on the VIEWPORT_SIZE
    • most everything else stays the same

Check out my full write-up here:

Sprites and Models from Kenney:

Shader code
shader_type canvas_item;

uniform sampler2D SCREEN_TEXTURE: hint_screen_texture, filter_linear;
uniform sampler2D NOISE_TEXTURE: repeat_enable;
uniform float strength: hint_range(0.0, 5, 0.1) = 1.0;
uniform float uv_scaling: hint_range (0.0, 1.0, 0.05) = 1.0;
uniform vec2 movement_direction = vec2(1, 0);
uniform float movement_speed: hint_range (0.0, 0.5, 0.01) = 0.1;

void fragment() {
	vec2 uv = SCREEN_UV;
	vec4 screen_texture = texture(SCREEN_TEXTURE, uv);
	vec2 movement_factor = movement_direction * movement_speed * TIME;
	float noise_value = texture(NOISE_TEXTURE, uv*uv_scaling + movement_factor).r - 0.5;
	uv += noise_value * SCREEN_PIXEL_SIZE * strength;
	COLOR = texture(SCREEN_TEXTURE, uv);
aquatic, canvas, hand drawn, noise, offset, water, wavy, wiggle
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6 months ago

Thx u for making this, it’s awesome