Shaders & Effects

Sphere Dissolve

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This shader works in a similar way to a typical dissolve shader, albeit with two big differences:

  • It makes use of 3D noise instead of a texture, which means:

    • We don’t need to care about UVs and seams.
    • The effect is consistent among different objects. They are all affected equally. Quality is also scale-independent.
    • It is a more computationally expensive method.
  • The dissolve effect follows a spherical shape, meaning it can be controlled by setting the center and radius of a virtual sphere. This opens up a lot of possibilities.

The shader can be edited through Amplify Shader Editor and contributions to the project are always welcome!


Project developed using Unity 2017.4.8f1. Please use this version if you are planning on contributing. You can work on your own branch and send a pull request with your changes.


You can also just download a unitypackage from the releases tab and easily import everything to your project. This will not download the media folder.

Disclaimer: The scripts controlling the behavior of the examples provided are not optimized in any way and should only be taken as quick & dirty examples.

Free packages used:

Table of contents

  1. Getting started
  2. Parameter list
  3. Further reading
  4. Donate
  5. License

Getting started

Check the examples included in the project!

These shader comes in two versions; SphereDissolve (cutout) and SphereDissolve. The former is the one we want to use if we just want to dissolve a mesh, while the latter allows us to dissolve into a secondary texture set.

The following parameters allow us to customize the effect (cutout version):

Position defines the center of our spherical mask, while Radius defines its radius. Noise scale and Noise speed specify the look of the border. The lower the scale, the rounder it will be. If we want the border to be completely static we should set the speed to (0,0,0,0).

By activating the Invert toggle, we can invert the dissolve mask, which means the only visible area is now the one within the radius.

Lastly, as with the standard shader, we can specify textures for the most common channels. In the case of the “standard” version, parameters are the same, except we have two texture sets. This version of the shader can be used in a clever way to simulate a variety of effects!

Parameter list

"Standard" version - Click to expand


//MAIN SETTINGS
_Position
_Radius
_Invert

//BORDER SETTINGS
_Bordercolor
_Borderradius
_Bordernoisescale
_Noisespeed

//TEXTURE SET1 SETTINGS
_Set1_albedo
_Set1_albedo_tint
_Set1_normal
_Set1_emission
_Set1_emission_tint
_Set1_metallic
_Set1_metallic_multiplier
_Set1_smoothness
_Set1_tiling
_Set1_offset

//TEXTURE SET2 SETTINGS
_Set2_albedo
_Set2_albedo_tint
_Set2_normal
_Set2_emission
_Set2_emission_tint
_Set2_metallic
_Set2_metallic_multiplier
_Set2_smoothness
_Set2_tiling
_Set2_offset

"Cutout" version - Click to expand


//MAIN SETTINGS
_Position
_Radius
_Invert

//BORDER SETTINGS
_Bordercolor
_Borderradius
_Bordernoisescale
_Noisespeed

//TEXTURE SETTINGS
_Albedo
_Albedo_tint
_Normal
_Emission
_Emission_tint
_Metallic
_Metallic_multiplier
_Smoothness
_Tiling
_Offset

Further reading

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License

MIT License

Copyright © 2018 Guillermo Angel

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