This guide introduces several special effect techniques that you can use in your Unity programs, including:

  • The dirty lens effect
  • Fog effects
  • Icy wall effect

Throughout this guide there are images showing how special effects are used in the examples shown the ice cave demo and the game Spellsouls by Nordeus.

Special effects are important in games. This is because they can make the story of the game more engaging by creating visual stimulation. However, sometimes they are sacrificed for mobile, but this guide shows efficient techniques for several effects so that games can afford these effects and increase immersion in games.

At the end of this guide, you will have learned:

  • How to implement the dirty lens effect
  • How to implement fog effects
  • How to show the changing of time during the day using the procedural skybox

Before you begin

Before you work through this guide, you should be familiar with Unity and the fundamentals of shaders and reflections. To learn more about these topics, read our guides: