Overview

The following shaders are currently available in CRYENGINE:

Shader Name

Description

CloakLayer Shader

Used to create see-through / aberration effects.

Cloth Shader

Used mainly by character artists. Gives extra controls for physicalization settings.

Common.Cloud Shader

Used by environment artists to create CloudVolumes.

DistanceClouds Shader

Used by the environment artists to create 2D DistanceClouds.

Eye Shader

Used by the character artists to create the eyes of characters. Control even the amount of dynamic pupil dilation.

GeometryBeam Shader

Used by artists and level designers to create volumetric light beams imposter.

Glass Shader

Used by artists to create glass. Comes with specific features tailored for glass use and also specific breakability functionality.

Hair Shader

Used by character artists to create hair. Gives wide control over coloring and physicalization options.

Hologram Shader

 

HumanSkin Shader

Used by character artists and offers a wide variety of options to achieve realistic looking skin.

Illum Shader

The most commonly used shader, can be used to create an extremely wide variety of effects. If there is no specific shader for the type of effect you are trying to achieve, use the Illum Shader.

LensOptics.Enable Shader

Used for Lens Flare effects.

Lightbeam.LightBeam Shader

Used by environment lighting artists to create light shafts.

Monitor Shader

Used by artists to create effects you would typically see on older televisions, such as grain, noise, chroma shift and interlacing. Useful for in-game displays.

NoDraw Shader

Used for physics proxy, the NoDraw Shader forces the Engine to not render the geometry on which the shader is applied. There are no specific Shader Params.
Alternatively, for level design it may be preferable to use Materials/special/collision_proxy_entitiesonly, so that you can see the the solid in editing mode, but not in Game mode.

ParticleImposter Shader

TBA

Particles Shader

Used by particle artists.

Ping Shader

TBA

ReferenceImage Shader

Forces the Engine to render the object without any shading or post-processing effects.

Scopes Shader

Shader specifically tailored for use on weapon scope attachments.

Sky Shader

Is only used for creating the sky box. The Sky Shader has no parameters, and the materials can only be applied via the RollupBar (Terrain Tab > Environment > SkyBox Material).

SkyHDR Shader

Is the same as the Sky Shader, except that if you want to use the dynamically changing sky with the Time Of Day settings, you always have to use the SkyHDR Shader.

TemplBeamProc Shader

The TempleBeamProc Shader can be used to create very cheap fog light beam effects.

Terrain.Layer Shader

Used for all the terrain materials for painting terrain texture layers.

Vegetation Shader

Used for all vegetation.

VolumeObject Shader

Used for Volume Objects.

Water Shader

Used for the ocean.

Waterfall Shader

Used for creating layered water effects.

WaterVolume Shader

Used for water volumes and rivers.

 

The following shader are obsolete and have been removed in latest versions of CRYENGINE:

Shader Name

Description

Custom Shader

N/A

EnergyShield Shader

Crysis specific effects.

FrozenLayerWip Shader

 

FX_VelocityBeamParticles Shader

Crysis specific effects.

LightFlares.Flare Shader

Used by lighting environment artists to create the corona effect, like a glow on a lamp. Deprecated by lens flare system.

Metal Shader

Used for metallic objects. Use Illum instead.

Methagen Shader

 

WaterSurface Shader

Used for rivers. Use WaterVolume instead.

WaterVols Shader

Used for lakes and other water areas. Use WaterVolume instead.