I have been able to increase the width of a sprite to the width of the screen size, but the sprite exceeds the borders of the screen width to the right or left when I try expanding it when it's not at the center. How can I scale the sprite in such a way that it's width increases on both sides till it occupies the screen width without exceeding it's bounds, regardless of the sprite's initial position? Please see my code below:

bool isScaling = false;

IEnumerator scaleToX(SpriteRenderer spriteToScale, float newXValue, float byTime)
       if (isScaling)
           yield break;
       isScaling = true;

       float counter = 0;
       float currentX = spriteToScale.transform.localScale.x;
       float yAxis = spriteToScale.transform.localScale.y;
       float ZAxis = spriteToScale.transform.localScale.z;

       while (counter < byTime)
          counter += Time.deltaTime;
          Vector3 tempVector = new Vector3(currentX, yAxis, ZAxis);
          tempVector.x = Mathf.Lerp(currentX, newXValue, counter / byTime);
          spriteToScale.transform.localScale = tempVector;
          yield return null;

       isScaling = false;
  • \$\begingroup\$ Set the pivot point at the center of your sprite. \$\endgroup\$
    – jgallant
    Jun 7, 2016 at 13:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jon How do I change the pivot and where should it be done? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 7, 2016 at 14:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Nevermind, I didn't initially catch that you wanted the sprite to be able to be positioned anywhere before resizing. I posted an answer for you. \$\endgroup\$
    – jgallant
    Jun 7, 2016 at 14:29

1 Answer 1


This is actually very simple. All you need to do is determine the Camera Bounds, and then set the final resting position of your sprite, based on these bounds.

So, you would have the start position and size -- Determine the end position and size that you want, then lerp to it. It is that easy.

Here is the script that will do this:

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections;

public class Square : MonoBehaviour {

    Bounds CameraBounds;

    Vector2 EndScale;
    Vector2 EndPosition;
    Vector2 StartScale;
    Vector2 StartPosition;

    float Speed = 2;
    float SPEED = 2;

    void Start () {

        CameraBounds = GetCameraBounds ();

        StartPosition = this.transform.position;
        StartScale = this.transform.localScale;

        EndScale = CameraBounds.size;
        EndPosition = CameraBounds.center;

    void Update () {

        Speed -= Time.deltaTime;
        if (Speed <= 0)
            Speed = 0;

        this.transform.localScale = Vector2.Lerp (EndScale, StartScale, Speed/SPEED);
        this.transform.position = Vector2.Lerp (EndPosition, StartPosition, Speed / SPEED); 

    public Bounds GetCameraBounds()
        float screenAspect = (float)Screen.width / (float)Screen.height;
        float cameraHeight = Camera.main.orthographicSize * 2;
        Bounds bounds = new Bounds(Camera.main.transform.position,new Vector3(cameraHeight * screenAspect, cameraHeight, 0));
        return bounds;


And this is an example of this script running on a 1:1 ratio sprite: enter image description here

  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually I only wanted to increase the width, so I changed the EndScale to EndScale = new Vector2(CameraBounds.size.x, StartScale.y); and EndPosition to EndPosition = new Vector2(CameraBounds.center.x, StartPosition.y); but it still exceeds the screen width \$\endgroup\$ Jun 7, 2016 at 16:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you change the following in the Start() it should work: EndScale = new Vector2(CameraBounds.size.x, StartScale.y); EndPosition = new Vector2 (CameraBounds.center.x, StartPosition.y); \$\endgroup\$
    – jgallant
    Jun 7, 2016 at 16:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hmm.. that is the same code - and it works for me. Make sure your sprite is 1:1 with Unity Units. So if your sprite is 32x32 -- set it to 32 unity units. \$\endgroup\$
    – jgallant
    Jun 7, 2016 at 16:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Or multiply the scale by your unit size to adjust accordingly. \$\endgroup\$
    – jgallant
    Jun 7, 2016 at 16:20
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ I just realised that basically all that has to be done is EndScale = new Vector2(worldScreenWidth / worldSpriteWidth, StartScale.y); and EndPosition = new Vector2 (cameraWidth/2, StartPosition.y);. Now it's working. Thanks so much, I really appreciate your help \$\endgroup\$ Jun 7, 2016 at 18:22

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