Think about minecraft - all the textures in minecraft have a very nice crisp pixelated look. Well, I'm trying to write a shader that will do this but it appears "sampler2d" returns some sort of interpolation between pixels of the underlying texture. I'm pretty new to shader writing and I'm not even sure if it can be done - but I'm hoping to get a nice crisp blow up of small textures rather than a blurry one like this:

Blurry Pixels in CG

If anyone knows a way to make a shader crisp rather than interpolated like this (using Unity), I'd be thrilled to know as this hitch is pretty detrimental to what I'm trying to accomplish...

Here's the subshader as it is right now (it's skipping all the light calculations and just outputting the sampler as I'm just trying to resolve the blurry texture sampling):

        Tags { "LightMode" = "ForwardBase" }
        #pragma vertex vert
        #pragma fragment frag

        uniform float _BlendVal;
        uniform sampler2D _DiffuseTex;
        uniform sampler2D _NMTex;
        uniform sampler2D _PixelMap;
        uniform float4 _DiffuseTex_SV;
        uniform float4 _SpecColor;
        uniform float _SpecIntensity;
        uniform float4 _RimColor;
        uniform float _RimIntensity;
        uniform float _RimCoefficient;

        uniform float4 _LightColor0;

        struct vI
            float4 pos : POSITION;
            float3 norm : NORMAL;
            float4 uv : TEXCOORD0;

        struct vO
            float4 pos : SV_POSITION;
            float4 uv : TEXCOORD0;
            float3 worldPos : TEXCOORD1;
            float3 normDir : TEXCOORD2;

        vO vert(vI i)
            vO o;

            o.uv = i.uv;
            o.worldPos = mul(_Object2World, i.pos).xyz;
            o.normDir = normalize(mul( float4(i.norm, 0.0), _World2Object).xyz);
            o.pos = mul(UNITY_MATRIX_MVP, i.pos);

            return o;

        float4 frag(vO i) : COLOR
            float3 lightDir;
            float3 viewDir = normalize( i.worldPos - _WorldSpaceCameraPos.xyz);
            float atten;
            float3 normDir = normalize(i.normDir); 
            float4 RimLight;
            float4 DiffuseLight;
            float4 SpecularLight;
            float2 UVCoord = i.uv.xy;

            float4 test = tex2D(_PixelMap, UVCoord);

            //float4 Clrx0 = lerp(

            //Directional Light
            if(_WorldSpaceLightPos0.w == 0)
                lightDir = normalize(_WorldSpaceLightPos0.xyz);
                atten = dot(lightDir, normDir);
            //point light
                float3 dist = i.worldPos.xyz - _WorldSpaceLightPos0.xyz;
                lightDir = normalize(dist);
                atten = (1/length(dist))*(dot(lightDir, normDir));

            DiffuseLight = atten * _LightColor0;
            SpecularLight = atten * _LightColor0 * _SpecColor * _SpecIntensity * pow(max(0.0,dot(reflect(lightDir, normDir), viewDir)), 1)*(1-tex2D(_DiffuseTex, i.uv.xy).w);
            RimLight = atten * _LightColor0 * _RimColor * _RimCoefficient* pow((1-saturate(dot(-viewDir, normDir))),_RimIntensity)*saturate(dot(lightDir, normDir)); 

            float4 totalLight = DiffuseLight + SpecularLight + RimLight;

            float4 fin = float4(UVCoord.xy,0,0);

            return test; ///Fin * totalLight;           


Set the filterMode of your textures to FilterMode.Point.

This will use nearest-neighbor interpolation, which will result in blocky rendering.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I just found that online before I saw you answer - thanks a lot... I spent like three hours searching for it using the wrong terms because I had assumed it was something within the shader rather than set from within Unity. (I guess technically Unity is passing the options to the GPU, but you understand...) \$\endgroup\$ – ThisHandleNotInUse Feb 9 '15 at 17:17

If you want to do this without a script, simply in your assets folder-

  • Select Texture 2D Import Settings
  • Change Texture type to Advanced
  • Find "Filter Mode" and Select "Point (no filter)"

My Stupid: apparently you can change the filtering mode of your textures by using: "(TextureName).filterMode = FilterMode.Point" and that will take care of this problem. Had nothing to do with the shader.


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