Triplanar Node


Triplanar is a method of generating UVs and sampling a texture by projecting in world space. The input Texture is sampled 3 times, once in each of the world x, y and z axises, and the resulting information is planar projected onto the model, blended by the normal, or surface angle. The generated UVs can be scaled with the input Tile and the final blending strength can be controlled with the input Blend. The projection can be modified by overriding the inputs Position and Normal. This is commonly used to texture large models such as terrain, where hand authoring UV coordinates would be problematic or not performant.

The expected type of the input Texture can be switched with the dropdown Type. If set to Normal the normals will be converted into world space so new tangents can be constructed then converted back to tangent space before output.

NOTE: This Node can only be used in the Fragment shader stage.


Name Direction Type Binding Description
Texture Input Texture None Input texture value
Sampler Input Sampler State None Sampler for input Texture
Position Input Vector 3 World Space Position Fragment position
Normal Input Vector 3 World Space Normal Fragment normal
Tile Input Vector 1 None Tiling amount for generated UVs
Blend Input Vector 1 None Blend factor between different samples
Out Output Vector 4 None Output value


Name Type Options Description
Type Dropdown Default, Normal Type of input Texture

Generated Code Example

The following example code represents one possible outcome of this node.


float3 Node_UV = Position * Tile;
float3 Node_Blend = pow(abs(Normal), Blend);
Node_Blend /= dot(Node_Blend, 1.0);
float4 Node_X = SAMPLE_TEXTURE2D(Texture, Sampler, Node_UV.zy);
float4 Node_Y = SAMPLE_TEXTURE2D(Texture, Sampler, Node_UV.xz);
float4 Node_Z = SAMPLE_TEXTURE2D(Texture, Sampler, Node_UV.xy);
float4 Out = Node_X * Node_Blend.x + Node_Y * Node_Blend.y + Node_Z * Node_Blend.z;


float3 Node_UV = Position * Tile;
float3 Node_Blend = max(pow(abs(Normal), Blend), 0);
Node_Blend /= (Node_Blend.x + Node_Blend.y + Node_Blend.z ).xxx;
float3 Node_X = UnpackNormalmapRGorAG(SAMPLE_TEXTURE2D(Texture, Sampler, Node_UV.zy));
float3 Node_Y = UnpackNormalmapRGorAG(SAMPLE_TEXTURE2D(Texture, Sampler, Node_UV.xz));
float3 Node_Z = UnpackNormalmapRGorAG(SAMPLE_TEXTURE2D(Texture, Sampler, Node_UV.xy));
Node_X = float3(Node_X.xy + Normal.zy, abs(Node_X.z) * Normal.x);
Node_Y = float3(Node_Y.xy + Normal.xz, abs(Node_Y.z) * Normal.y);
Node_Z = float3(Node_Z.xy + Normal.xy, abs(Node_Z.z) * Normal.z);
float4 Out = float4(normalize(Node_X.zyx * Node_Blend.x + Node_Y.xzy * Node_Blend.y + * Node_Blend.z), 1);
float3x3 Node_Transform = float3x3(IN.WorldSpaceTangent, IN.WorldSpaceBiTangent, IN.WorldSpaceNormal);
Out.rgb = TransformWorldToTangent(Out.rgb, Node_Transform);