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What is the best way to create oldschool glowing text terminal effect?

Discussion in 'Unity UI & TextMesh Pro' started by ResterDD, Aug 11, 2018 at 1:43 AM.

  1. ResterDD

    ResterDD

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    Hello, Community.

    The desired effect (glowing text over dark canvas) is demonstrated on the picture below (credits to its author, swordfish):



    I am trying to achieve that using text mesh pro, but my results are quite unsatisfying. Glowing effect itself looks pretty weird, but I am not yet familiar with text mesh pro so maybe I am doing something wrong.

    Here are my questions:
    • What is the best way to create such effects in Unity?

    • Is text mesh pro suitable for this purpose or I need to use something a bit more advanced like shaders? If so, how would you go about that?
    One good fellow from answers.unity suggested me 'to made a new material for this text shader with glow effect and extra pad for heavy looking text'. I am going to try this way. Didn't achieve good results yet.
     
  2. Stephan_B

    Stephan_B

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    Have you looked at example 17 - Old Computer Terminal included in the TMP Examples and Extras?

    With the right background texture, font and texturing on the font itself using the normal Distance Field shader + glow, you should be able to get very close to that.
     
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  3. ResterDD

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    Yeah, thank you.
    I've already checked out examples in TMP.
    I think there's a problem which I can't understand yet.

    This is what I am trying to achieve:
    upload_2018-8-11_15-26-33.png

    This is the example 17 (changed font):
    upload_2018-8-11_15-37-23.png

    Example 17 with different attempts to setup glow:
    upload_2018-8-11_15-37-36.png

    upload_2018-8-11_15-39-34.png

    It just doesn't 'glow' like on the first picture. Maybe my background texture has not been set up properly?
     

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    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018 at 2:08 PM
  4. Stephan_B

    Stephan_B

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    I think if you were to use a background texture (behind the text) that has a green glow looking pattern, the effect would be a lot closer.