(Shader Library) 2D Shockwave Post Processing Filter (GLSL)

Shader Library - 2D Shockwave PostFX

Geeks3D’s shader library is available in HERE.

This new shader shows a 2D shockwave post processing effect. In the GeeXLab demo, just hit the [K] key to create a shockwave at the mouse position. I found the original shader here.

You can download the demo here:
Download GXL - 2D Shockwave PostFX
This demo requires GeeXLab and does not use Python so you can use the version of GeeXLab without Python. This demo has been tested with GeeXLab 0.1.14.

Unzip the source code somewhere, start GeeXLab and drop the 2D_Shockwave_Demo.xml file in GeeXLab.

Here is a video of the effect in action (the 2d grid has been added to better visualize the shockwave effect):

Shader desription

Language: OpenGL 2 – GLSL

Type: Post processing filter.


  • sceneTex (sampler2D): the final scene image.
  • center (vec2): mouse position (in texture coord space: [0 ; 1]).
  • time (float): shockwave elapsed time in second.
  • shockParams (vec3): shockwave parameters

Ouputs: color buffer

void main(void)
  gl_Position = ftransform();
  gl_TexCoord[0] = gl_MultiTexCoord0;

uniform sampler2D sceneTex; // 0
uniform vec2 center; // Mouse position
uniform float time; // effect elapsed time
uniform vec3 shockParams; // 10.0, 0.8, 0.1
void main() 
  vec2 uv = gl_TexCoord[0].xy;
  vec2 texCoord = uv;
  float distance = distance(uv, center);
  if ( (distance <= (time + shockParams.z)) && 
       (distance >= (time - shockParams.z)) ) 
    float diff = (distance - time); 
    float powDiff = 1.0 - pow(abs(diff*shockParams.x), 
    float diffTime = diff  * powDiff; 
    vec2 diffUV = normalize(uv - center); 
    texCoord = uv + (diffUV * diffTime);
  gl_FragColor = texture2D(sceneTex, texCoord);


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