Unity 3D Cursor Trail Effect

Unity 3D Cursor Trail Effect

by NSDG • Oct 17, 2019 • 0 Comments
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Below is the script that generates a trail that follows the mouse cursor in Unity 3D.

It uses Trail Renderer which follows the cursor relative to the Camera.

  • Create new script, name it SC_CursorTrail then paste the code below inside it:

SC_CursorTrail.cs

using UnityEngine;

public class SC_CursorTrail : MonoBehaviour
{
    public Color trailColor = new Color(1, 0, 0.38f);
    public float distanceFromCamera = 5;
    public float startWidth = 0.1f;
    public float endWidth = 0f;
    public float trailTime = 0.24f;

    Transform trailTransform;
    Camera thisCamera;

    // Start is called before the first frame update
    void Start()
    {
        thisCamera = GetComponent<Camera>();

        GameObject trailObj = new GameObject("Mouse Trail");
        trailTransform = trailObj.transform;
        TrailRenderer trail = trailObj.AddComponent<TrailRenderer>();
        trail.time = -1f;
        MoveTrailToCursor(Input.mousePosition);
        trail.time = trailTime;
        trail.startWidth = startWidth;
        trail.endWidth = endWidth;
        trail.numCapVertices = 2;
        trail.sharedMaterial = new Material(Shader.Find("Unlit/Color"));
        trail.sharedMaterial.color = trailColor;
    }

    // Update is called once per frame
    void Update()
    {
        MoveTrailToCursor(Input.mousePosition);
    }

    void MoveTrailToCursor(Vector3 screenPosition)
    {
        trailTransform.position = thisCamera.ScreenToWorldPoint(new Vector3(screenPosition.x, screenPosition.y, distanceFromCamera));
    }
}
  • Attach SC_CursorTrail to Main Camera

Press Play and observe the trail that follows the cursor.