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AR Shadow

AR Shadow (Unity Asset) — implements real-time shadows for apps with Augmented Reality (Vuforia, Gyro, Accelerometer, any AR). This is Unity shader for transparent surfaces.

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Advantages of AR Shadow

Bring the enchanting Power of Unity AR Shadows into your Augmented Reality:

  • Support for Any AR engine;
  • Vuforia Shadow — Demo Scene in the package;
  • 3 minutes installation for Your Scene.

Package is a part of Unity Assets

  1. AR Basketball GO (docs).
  2. AR Toss Boss (docs).
  3. AR Survival Shooter (docs).
  4. VR + AR: Mixed Reality (MR) (docs).
  5. AR Camera GYRO (docs).
  6. AR Camera ACCELEROMETER (docs).

Tested with Devices


  • iOS on iPhone 6, 8;
  • Android on Lenovo A606, Samsung Galaxy S7, S10.


  • UWP on Microsoft Surface Pro 5 & Acer Switch 5.



Open Vuforia Documentation.

If you have any issues with the first launch then just Reach Support with Invoice Number and Get Help.

If you read this tutorial from PDF, first check the latest docs online to get actual information.

Getting started from scratch

Package has customized prefabs: ARGround  & ARDirectionalLight.
So just use them for your scene & enjoy.

  1. Create New Unity Project with Unity 2019.1.12.
  2. Download and import AR Shadow into Unity.
  3. Go to Edit > Project Settings > Quality.
  4. Choose Default Quality Level for a target platform.
    1. Shadow Projection = Close Fit.
    2. Shadow Distance = 400.
  5. Create New Scene.
  6. Create Plane (ARGround prefab).
    1. Place plane on the marker (a bit higher) if you use marker AR like Vuforia. If you use markerless AR (e.g. AR Camera GYRO) then place the plane on your origin so you can see the shadows.
    2. Resize plane for all your active area of game action.
    3. Attach ARShadow material with ARShadowSurface shader (AR/ARShadowSurface) to the Plane.
      1. Cutout = 1.
  7. Create Direction Light (ARDirectionalLight prefab).
    AR Shadow - Directional Light - Vuforia Shadow

    1. Intensity = 1.5 or 1.0.
    2. Shadow Type = Soft Shadows.
      1. Strength = 0.323.
      2. Bias = 0.13.
      3. Normal Bias = 0.
      4. Near Plane = 0.9.
  8. Press Play and see the AR shadows from objects.

Why don’t Shadows work?

  1. The common issue is Point 4. Users sometimes just select the quality level in Unity Editor and don’t set it as default. That’s why you can see Shadows in Unity Editor & don’t see on mobile.
  2. In your own scene, you could put own plane (i.e. AR Marker) or object at the same Y level with a plane for shadows. Try to raise the plane for shadows a bit.
  3. See Video Instruction below carefully.

AR Shadow and AR Camera GYRO

You can transform your game scene into Augmented Reality in 4 minutes with AR Shadow and AR Camera GYRO (docs).


First of all, read the latest docs online.
If it didn’t help, get the support.


Check the current version on Asset Store.
The latest versions will be added as soon as possible.


  • Unity 2019.1 version.


  • Vuforia 8.1.7 version.


  • Unity 2018.3 version.


  • Unity 2017.3.1 version;
  • Unity 5.6.5 version (without Vuforia demo);
  • Publisher Window.
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Support for Unity Assets

I am Andrew Sirota, Founder at Makaka Games and full-time Publisher on Unity Asset Store. First of all, read the latest docs online. If it didn’t help, get the support.

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