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ShaderLab: adding shader programs
ShaderLab: grouping commands with the Category block
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ShaderLab: commands

This page contains information on using commands in the ShaderLabUnity’s language for defining the structure of Shader objects. More info
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language.

ShaderLab commands fall into these categories:

  • Commands for setting the render state on the GPU.
  • Commands that create a Pass with a specific purpose.
  • Legacy “fixed function style” commands that allow you to create shaderA program that runs on the GPU. More info
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    programs without writing HLSL.

You can group ShaderLab commands together with the Category block.

Commands for setting render state

Use these commands within a Pass block to set the render state for that Pass, or within a SubShader block to set the render state for that SubShader and any Passes that it contains.

  • AlphaToMask: sets the alpha-to-coverage mode.
  • BlendTransition from one animation to another animation smoothly and seamlessly, such as blending a character’s walking and running animations according to the character’s speed.
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    : enables and configures alpha blending.
  • BlendOp: sets the operation used by the Blend command.
  • ColorMask: sets the color channel writing mask.
  • Conservative: enables and disables conservative rasterizationThe process of generating an image by calculating pixels for each polygon or triangle in all the geometry. This is an alternative to ray tracing.
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    .
  • Cull: sets the polygon culling mode.
  • Offset: sets the polygon depth offset.
  • Stencil: configures the stencil test, and what to write to the stencil bufferA memory store that holds an 8-bit per-pixel value. In Unity, you can use a stencil buffer to flag pixels, and then only render to pixels that pass the stencil operation. More info
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    .
  • ZClip: sets the depth clip mode.
  • ZTest: sets the depth testing mode.
  • ZWrite: sets the depth bufferA memory store that holds the z-value depth of each pixel in an image, where the z-value is the depth for each rendered pixel from the projection plane. More info
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    writing mode.

Pass commands

Use these commands in a SubShader to define a Pass with a specific purpose.

  • UsePass defines a Pass that imports the contents of a named Pass from another Shader object.
  • GrabPass creates a Pass that grabs the contents of the screen into a texture, for use in a subsequent Pass.

Legacy “fixed function style” commands

These are documented on the page ShaderLab legacy functionality.

ShaderLab: adding shader programs
ShaderLab: grouping commands with the Category block