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Shaders for the Web artwork

Shaders for the Web


Learn how to add OpenGL shaders, and the programming language GLSL, and gain an insight on how the top websites can directly use hardware-enabled graphics.

Available January 2021


What you'll learn

Course syllabus


OpenGL shaders are one of the most cutting-edge parts of the web right now. The top websites are using them in their web designs but most sites aren’t due to the lack of understanding about how to use them.

In this course, we’ll show you how to make shaders from scratch using the programming language, GLSL, along with everything you need to know about uniforms, vertex and fragments, and then how to apply them to both 2d and 3d projects on the web.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at creative people who are in making highly-performant graphics for the web.

As this course is applying shaders to websites, you will need knowledge of HTML, CSS and Javascript to start this course as we’ll be using them within our projects.

If you’re less comfortable with Javascript, we recommend taking our Javascript for Designers course or Experimental Javascript course before this one.

What do I need?

A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with the latest version of Chrome installed and a broadband internet connection. That’s it!

What you'll learn

What exactly is a shader and how do we write GLSL code

What are uniforms, vertex and fragment shaders?

How to apply GLSL code to the web using P5.js and Three.js

How to connect web events like mouse movement and scroll to our shader code using Javascript

Quick mathematical techniques for producing stunning graphics

How to use procedural noise and randomness to create changable graphics

Course syllabus

8+ hours of video lessons

Practical, go-at-your-own pace learning

Access the community

Join our Slack and connect with thousands of SuperHi students and alumni

Continued help

Help from our expert teachers and educators with years of experience in the industry

Real world projects

Projects and code that you can alter and remix to add to your own sites and portfolio


Resources to get you started and going post-course

Gradient maker

In this project, we’ll talk about how you can make natural- looking gradients using color theory and a displacement texture. We’ll also show you how to limit these colors to a set palette too!


A big part of making shaders that look natural is the ability to use randomness and noise. Shaders, by their nature, don’t like randomness or noise so we have to fake it! In this project, we’ll talk about how we can use noise generators and blend modes to create a stunning effect that we will change as we scroll down a page.


Next we’ll tackle 3D! Using Three.js, we’ll make a simple sphere turn into a procedurally-generated Earth (similar technique to how Minecraft landscapes are made!) using vertex shaders to change the landscape, then fragment shaders to color it in. We’ll then add in an audio texture to make the earth’s landscape bounce in time to the music.


In the first project, we’ll set you up with the groundings of what you need to work with shaders, GLSL, and also the different concept of pixel-based GPU-powered graphics.

We’ll start by coding up a shader in KodeLife, an app for making real-time shaders, then apply our spiral-based effect to the web using P5.js.

Your instructors

Our instructors have decades of professional experience, have spoken at international conferences and have won countless web design awards.

Rik Lomas

Rik is a Mancunian coder, teacher and CEO of SuperHi. He was the co-founder of Steer (a code school in London) and has taught several thousand people to code. He is a bit too old to be posting memes on our social media and recently featured as a Sour Patch Kid in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

Lawrence Gosset

Lawrence is a full-stack web developer and teacher who has also taught over a thousand people how to code. He was previously an instructor at London code school Steer.

The SuperHi Editor

Our intelligent code editor is designed to help making websites from scratch easier. Comes with any course, or sign up for a free SuperHi account for access.

Some things are better together

Achieve your creative goals through our tailored course collections, designed to take you through a learning path. Or purchase more than 1 course to create your own custom collection, and get a discount too.


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Course FAQs

Yes, we do! All you'd need to do is send the links to your completed projects over to [email protected] at the end of your course. We will review them, provide feedback if necessary, and then issue your certificate!

If you're comfortable working with a computer, then yes!

Learning new and improving your existing skills is about being patient with yourself, building up your knowledge, developing confidence through practice, and with time. We've seen our students around the world do it, and so can you.

Our beginner courses are designed for people new to the subjects. They grow your understanding so you grasp everything you need to start applying your new skills and will also give you a path to dig deeper if you want.

Our teaching style is practical and straightforward and you'll have support from our expert instructors and community for as long as you need.

Still not sure if learning to code is right for you? Take our free Plan, Design + Code Your First Website course or dive into our First Steps to Code guide.

All our course videos are taught using the SuperHi Editor, but you'll be able to apply everything you'll learn to a code editor of your choice. Many students go on to use other code editors, for example, if their workplace has an existing standard.

Our SuperHi Editor is designed with many smart features to help avoid wasted time looking for things like a typo or missing bracket (which is why we made it!), but the same code concepts apply to any editor.

Yea! After the course is over, you'll still have our support when it comes to things like career questions, resume, and portfolio reviews, etc. all to help you get the job and career you want.

We also provide 1:1 sessions for some of our courses! The number of sessions depends on the course that you signed up for.

If you'd like to arrange a 1:1 session after you've completed your course, email us at [email protected] and we'll happily arrange that for you!

Yes! You can use your own custom third-party domains and connect them to your sites built with our SuperHi Editor. Additionally, all SuperHi sites come with free SSL Certificates for added protection.

Here's more information on how to connect a third-party domain

The proof is in the pudding. Our students go on to make their own beautiful sites and some of their stunning work have won digital design awards.

Take a look at our Hall of Fame to see some of the sites our students have built, many of which had only taken our Foundation course!

If you're a SuperHi student or alumni and would like to submit your project to be included in our Hall of Fame, please feel free to submit here.

We have quite a lot of students that join us and have done some coding before but want to build up confidence and techniques.

In order to help get you where you'd like to be, have a look at the sites below to see which course you can make from scratch, without any help at all.

Baker & Brown – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, don't worry! We recommend you start off with our Foundation, HTML, CSS + Javascript course.

Jenna Buchholz – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, it's all good! We recommend you start off with our Javascript for Designers course.

Super Shapes – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, have no fear! We recommend you start off with our Advanced CSS + Javascript course.