How to do I make a shader a billboard? (Face the player)

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:bust_in_silhouette: Asked By Scorch

I have a 2D bush sprite and I can make its Y-axis face the player by setting the billboard to “Y-billboard” which is neat. I want it to sway in the wind so I changed its StandardMaterial3D into a ShaderMaterial and the shader works, however, now I want it to face the player again and I don’t know how.

Here is the shader code:

void vertex() {

float offset = TIME * wind_speed;
float noise = texture(noise_tex, NODE_POSITION_WORLD.xz - offset).r;
noise -= .5;
noise *= wind_strength;
VERTEX.x += noise * length(VERTEX.y - NODE_POSITION_WORLD.y);}
:bust_in_silhouette: Reply From: mrdunk

Hi, i was just playing with exactly this.
Here’s what i came up with:

void vertex() {
    mat4 modified_model_view = VIEW_MATRIX * mat4(
    MODELVIEW_MATRIX = modified_model_view;

I mean the billboard part.
Add it to your existing shader and you should be good.

So playing with shaders some more,
i’ve found out in Godot 4.0, if you create a “New StandardMaterial3D” with the parameters you are interested in, you can then “Convert to ShaderMaterial” and see the raw shader code.

I presume there are similar options available for V3.X as well.

I’ve just used this to work out how to retrieve part of a texture. I think you’ll be able to see the raw billboard implementation this way too.

mrdunk | 2023-05-02 01:05

Converting it did the trick! Thank you brother

Scorch | 2023-05-02 08:22