Stylized fire (3D)

Animated stylized 3D fire shader based on a Unity VFX guide by MinionsArt.

Similar to effects seen in games like Ryme.

You can assign different kinds of seamless noise textures to the shader to control the flame’s shape. In our demo repository, you’ll find 3 textures to play with.

See the demo scene StylizedFire.tscn in the GDQuest Godot shaders repository.

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Shader code
// This shader is based on Minionsart's stylized fire
shader_type spatial;
render_mode blend_mix;

uniform sampler2D noise_texture;

uniform sampler2D texture_mask;
uniform float emission_intensity = 2.0;
uniform float time_scale = 3.0;
uniform vec2 texture_scale = vec2(1.0);
uniform float edge_softness = 0.1;

varying vec3 world_coord;
varying float world_x_dot;

void vertex() {
	mat4 mat_world = mat4(normalize(CAMERA_MATRIX[0])*length(WORLD_MATRIX[0]),normalize(CAMERA_MATRIX[1])*length(WORLD_MATRIX[0]),normalize(CAMERA_MATRIX[2])*length(WORLD_MATRIX[2]),WORLD_MATRIX[3]);
	mat_world = mat_world * mat4( vec4(cos(INSTANCE_CUSTOM.x),-sin(INSTANCE_CUSTOM.x), 0.0, 0.0), vec4(sin(INSTANCE_CUSTOM.x), cos(INSTANCE_CUSTOM.x), 0.0, 0.0),vec4(0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0),vec4(0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0));
	world_coord = (mat_world * vec4(VERTEX, 1.0)).rgb;
	vec4 world_normal = (mat_world * vec4(NORMAL, 0.0));
	world_x_dot =  abs(dot(normalize(world_normal.rgb), vec3(1.0,0.0,0.0)));

void fragment() {
	float mask = texture(texture_mask, UV).r;
	vec2 time_based_pan = vec2(0.2, 1.0) * (- TIME * time_scale);
	float noise_xy = texture(noise_texture, world_coord.xy * texture_scale + time_based_pan).r;
	float noise_zy = texture(noise_texture, world_coord.zy * texture_scale + time_based_pan + vec2(0.7, 0.3)).r;
	float noise = mix(noise_xy, noise_zy, clamp(world_x_dot, 0.0, 1.0));
	EMISSION = ALBEDO * emission_intensity;
	float erosion_amount = (1.0 - COLOR.a);
	float alpha = (noise * mask) - erosion_amount;
	alpha = clamp(alpha, 0.0, 1.0);
	ALPHA = smoothstep(0.0, edge_softness, alpha);
3d, cartoon, cel shading, fire, stylized
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1 year ago

This is really cool! Is there a 2D version of this? can you make one?