I just wanted to make the same effect, but couldn't find something on the internet, so I am writing a little tutorial here, it is not that hard to make.
Lets set up the nodes first, you need a
ParallaxBackgroundand two ore more
ParallaxLayer as child nodes and each
ParallaxLayer needs a
Sprite as child. Give the first
Spritethe background texture, the second
Spritethe foreground texture.
Next you need to get the x and y coordinates of your mouse, that is possible with
if event is InputEventMouseMotion:
var mouse_x = event.position.x
var mouse_y = event.position.y
Next you want to map the mouse coordinates on the screen between the intervall
For this you need the size of your screen, you can get that with
get_viewport.size(), there are many other ways to get the size of your screen, you may use what suits you best.
Then you can do
var relative_x = (mouse_x - (viewport_size.x/2)) / (viewport_size.x/2)
var relative_y = (mouse_y - (viewport_size.y/2)) / (viewport_size.y/2)
Now you have the positon of your mouse relative to the middle of the screen, which is 0 in the middle 1 at the far right/down and -1 at the far left/up, perfect!
Whats left to do is to manipulate the position of the ParallaxLayers, just get the node for each ParallaxLayer and set the
motion_offset property like this:
ParallayLayer.motion_offset.x = multiplier * relative_x
ParallayLayer.motion_offset.y = multiplier * relative_y
multiplier is a value that amplifies the parallax effect, use smaller values for background layers and greater values for foreground layers, but it should be at least 2, to have a visible effect.
So thats it!
The ParallaxLayers need to update every time the mouse moves so all that code goes into the
To avoid that part of your screen goes blank, make the textures for the background larger than the screen.
Here is how it can look like with 7 layers:
Props to LuminousDragonGames for the parallax images