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A general use shader for Unity's Universal Render Pipeline, for creating games with a dark comic book aesthetic. Inspired by games like The Wolf Among Us, Darkest Dungeon, and Curse of the Dead Gods.

The models in the preview shots were created for Adios, most by me, some by UprightBlue.

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 - (TL:DR; you can use it however you want, including for commercial projects, but you must credit me if you do)


  • Universal Render Pipeline
  • Shader Graph Markdown is required for the material editor to look correct, but the shader will still work without it.

Known Issues:

  • Does not support Screen Space Shadows.
  • Doesn't play nice with baked lighting - it makes some of the effects necessary to pull off the lighting tricks really hard.
    • Does however support a single baked directional light in shadowmask mode. All other lights need to be realtime.


  • Blend Modes:
    • All the usual suspects - opaque, alpha cutoff, transparent
    • Transparent preserves specular, for making windows
    • Refraction support!
  • Sharpened line art mask
    • Stays sharp at a distance, without aliasing
  • Paint masking
    • Mask Channel B controls where paint colors are applied, making model recoloring easy.
  • Separate lighting controls for:
    • Diffuse
    • Specular
    • Reflections
    • Ambient
  • Textured lighting
    • Single channel, or multi-channel crosshatching
    • Multiple lighting texture mapping modes:
      • Screen-space
      • View Direction
      • Screen-Stable
      • World Space
      • Object Space
  • Controls for fine-tuning most aspects of lighting
  • Stylized reflections
    • Crank up the strength edge-on views for edge highlights
  • View aligned rim light
    • Makes light wrap around object edges when facing the light, creating a rim lit effect

Creating Lighting Textures:
There are a few important settings that you should set up on your textures used for lighting (see the example textures download).

  • sRGB Disabled
  • Compression: None
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
AuthorAndrea Jörgensen
TagsAsset Pack, Comics, Shaders, sourcecode, Unity


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Shader (URP 2021) 116 kB
Version 3
Shader (URP 2020) 102 kB
Version 3
Example Assets 40 MB

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I can't make it work :(
When I select this shader, material just becomes invisible
Tried with both 2021.3.18 and 2020.3.44 engine versions
How do I fix it? :(

I fear this asset has been abandoned, which is a shame :(

I really wanted it to work on HDRP.

I think I discovered it was a shader "baked" with the use of "Better Shaders" by Jason Booth from the Asset Store, but since we don't have the source files for it, there's no way to export it for different pipelines...

Oh, sad

Hey I really wanted to try this out but when I use it in unity the normals seem inverted. Any idea what I might be doing wrong? Currently trying on unity 2020.3.43f1

Hi there! Since it's been made with Better Shaders, is there any chance you could export it for HDRP?

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Hi there!
Wow, this looks absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this!

EDIT: nevermind, everything works as intended!

Unfortunately there seems to be a shader error (tried it in both URP2020 & 2021 in fresh 2020 & 2021 projects):

Shader error in 'Andicraft/Dark Comic Master': Couldn't open include file 'Packages/com.unity.render-pipelines.universal/ShaderLibrary/DBuffer.hlsl'. at line 2140

Shader error in 'Dark Comic Master (Transparent)': Couldn't open include file 'Packages/com.unity.render-pipelines.universal/ShaderLibrary/DBuffer.hlsl'. at line 223

Looks great!  Shall have to check this out.  :D

Oh my dog it looks so gorgeous OwO