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I have an object(FBX format) in my project, it's a line drawn in 3D max. I want to color the line in XNA so that the color starts from a specific RGB color in both the start and end points of the line and finish in a specific RGB color.(e.x., from (255,255,255) to (128,128,128). Something like gradient coloring of an object. I need to do that programmatically, since later in my code I have to change these two specific colors a lot.

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In 3DS Max, select your line geometry and apply the VertexPaint modifier to it. This way you can paint individual vertices with the color of your choice, although I don't know if FBX format supports exporting this information.

If you need to change the color later, paint one end in pure white and the other in a middle gray; then, inside your code, change the DiffuseColor of your BasicEffect to achieve the desired tinting.

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This article talks about gradient shaders:

You might be able to adapt that to shade your model (draw it with the shader) instead of the skybox.

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Thanks for the link. I could use the shader for an object like a magnet with 3 meshes and it works. however I want to use that for only a line (an FBX object) with only one mesh and it seems all the line has a equal color :( –  perrakdar Aug 9 '12 at 6:31

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