Particle Effect For UGUI by mob-sakai - 20

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This plugin provide a component to render particle effect for uGUI in Unity 2018.2 or later. The particle rendering is maskable and sortable, without Camera, RenderTexture or Canvas.

Unity 2018.2.17f1MIT LicenseUpdated 137 days agoCreated on June 22nd, 2018
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This plugin provide a component to render particle effect for uGUI in Unity 2018.2+.
The particle rendering is maskable and sortable, without Camera, RenderTexture or Canvas.

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<< Description | WebGL Demo | Download | Usage | Development Note | Change log >>

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This plugin uses new APIs MeshBake/MashTrailBake (added with Unity 2018.2) to render particles by CanvasRenderer. You can mask and sort particles for uGUI without Camera, RenderTexture, Canvas.

Compares this “Baking mesh” approach with the conventional approach:
(This scene is included in the package.)

Approach Good Bad Screenshot
Baking mesh
Rendered as is.
Less objects.
Requires Unity 2018.2+.
Requires UI shaders to use Mask.
Do nothing Rendered as is. Looks like a glitch.
Not maskable.
Not sortable.
Convert particle to UIVertex
Less objects.
Adjustment is difficult.
Requires UI shaders.
Difficult to adjust scale.
Force hierarchy scalling.
Simulation results are incorrect.
Trail, rotation of transform, time scaling are not supported.
Generate heavy GC every frame.
Use Canvas to sort Rendered as is.
You must to manage sorting orders.
Not maskable.
More batches.
Use RenderTexture Maskable.
Requires Camera and RenderTexture.
Difficult to adjust position and size.
Quality depends on the RenderTexture’s setting.


  • Sort particle effects with uGUI
  • No Camera, RenderTexture or Canvas are required
  • Masking with Mask or RectMask2D
  • Easy to use
  • Support Trail module
  • Change alpha with CanvasGroup
  • Scaling independent of Transform
  • No heavy allocation every frame
  • All ParticleSystem.ScalingModes and all Canvas.RenderModes are supported. They look almost the same in all modes.
  • Scaled gizmo
  • Animatable material property


WebGL Demo


Using UnityPackageManager (for Unity 2018.3+)

Find the manifest.json file in the Packages folder of your project and edit it to look like this:

  "dependencies": {
    "": "",

To update the package, change #{version} to the target version.
Or, use UpmGitExtension.

Using .unitypackage file (for Unity 2018.2+)

Download *.unitypackage from Releases and import the package into your Unity project.
Select Assets > Import Package > Custom Package from the menu.

How to play demo

  • Import UIParticle_Demo.unitypackage into your project.
  • The demo unitypackage exists in Assets/Assets/Coffee/UIExtensions/UIParticle or Packages/UI Particle.
  • Open UIParticle_Demo scene and play it.


  1. Add your particle effect to canvas.
  2. (Option) If you want to mask particles, set a UI shader such as “UI/UIAdditive” to material for ParticleSystem.
  3. Add UIParticle component to root particle system of your effect from Add Component in inspector.
  4. If your effect consists of multiple ParticleSystems, click “Fix”.
  5. Adjust the Scale property to change the size of the effect.
  6. Enjoy!
  • Unity 2018.2+ (Tested in Unity 2018.2.0f2)
  • No other SDK are required

Development Note

Animatable material property

Animation clips can change the material properties of the Renderer, such as ParticleSystemRenderer.
It uses MaterialPropertyBlock so it does not create new material instances.
Using material properties, you can change UV animation, scale and color etc.

Well, there is a component called CanvasRenderer.
It is used by all Graphic components for UI (Text, Image, Raw Image, etc.) including UIParticle.
However, It is NOT a Renderer.
Therefore, in UIParticle, changing ParticleSystemRenderer’s MaterialPropertyBlock by animation clip is ignored.

To prevent this, Use “Animatable Material Property”.
“Animatable Material Property” gets the necessary properties from ParticleSystemRenderer’s MaterialPropertyBlock and sets them to the CanvasRenderer’s material.


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