5 Best Unity Shader Assets

A beautiful game can’t be completed without shader. In this article, we will introduce the best Unity Shader assets.

Amplify Shader Editor

Amplify Shader Editor is the most popular node-based shader editor on Unity’s asset store. It has built-in renderer with HD, URP, and Lightweight SRP support. It has clean workspace with UX-focused and flexible.

Features:

  • Normal From Texture
  • Bicubic Precompute Sample
  • Procedural Sample
  • Plane Clip
  • HDRP Vector Displacement Sample
  • Tessellation options for URP and HDRP
  • Translucency and Transmission options for URP
  • New Start Screen window
  • Easy graph share and canvas Screenshot buttons
  • SRP packages auto-importer
  • Compatibility with Unity 2019
  • Support for Post-Processing Stack shaders
  • Compatible with Substance in Unity plugin
  • Support for Custom Render Textures
  • Support for both HD, URP and Lightweight SRP
  • Multi-Pass on Templates
  • Xbox One/PS4/Switch Support
  • Terrain support
  • Shader Templates
  • Universal PBR/Unlit SRP
  • Universal 2D Lit/Unlit SRP
  • HD Lit/Unlit/Hair/Fabric/Decal SRP
  • Lightweight PBR/Unlit SRP
  • Custom RT Init/Update
  • Post-Process effects including Post-Processing Stack
  • Alpha-Blended particles
  • Sprite
  • Lit/Unlit
  • Unlit Lightmap
  • UI

Shader Forge

Shader Forge is an open source node-based shader editor which aims to push the visual quality of Unity to new heights, giving you the freedom of shader creation in a visual and intuitive way.

Features:

  • Real-time shader preview for tight iteration times
  • Visual & intuitive interface
  • Energy conserving physically based lighting, Blinn-Phong or Phong
  • Image based lighting; perfect together with Marmoset Skyshop
  • Vertex animation
  • DX11 Tessellation & Displacement
  • Unity Free and Pro support
  • No extra files – just the .shader file itself
  • Extensive node documentation, with tutorials coming soon
  • 10 example shaders included, that you can open, edit, and use freely
  • Custom lighting support, if you want to get creative or technical
  • Outline width and color
  • …and many more!

All In 1 Sprite Shader

This asset includes 40+ combinable effects which can add popular sprite and UI effects to your project’s 2D objects.

Features:

  • Stack and combine effects with just 1 click
  • Easy to use
  • 2 click setup
  • Mobile ready (stress tested on low end devices)
  • Also works with UI images
  • Super fast iteration times
  • Real time preview
  • Optimised shader
  • Automatic draw call batching
  • Compatible with URP and HDRP
  • Sprite Atlas support
  • Compatible with Unity’s 2D Skeletal Animation and Anima 2D
  • Sprite Mask support
  • Video Tutorials included

Shader Control

Shader Control is a powerful editor extension that gives you full control of shader compilation and keywords usage and their impact in your game.

If you are going around find a solution to the dreaded max 256 shader issue on a large project, this asset is for you. Developers use it to fix “Maximum number (256) of shader global keywords exceeded, keyword” problem.

Flat Kit

Flat Kit is a complete solution to achieve the stylish cel-shaded look. With this shader kit, you can turn any models and textures to cartoon style.

Features:

  • Polished Toon / Cel shading with lots of capabilities
  • Stylized water – super versatile shader and assets that can handle anything from coffee in a cup to an open ocean. Includes buoy script for floating objects to remain on the surface.
  • Outline effect: depth, normal and color outlines that works both with isometric and perspective cameras.
  • Gradient fog: Multi-stop horizontal/vertical gradient Fog Image Effect
  • Terrain shader that works with Unity or third party terrain
  • Light Plane shader for 3D highlights and god rays
  • Mobile support
  • Built-in and URP support – the surface shaders and post-processing effects support both rendering pipelines.

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