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What Shading/Rendering techniques are being used in this image?

My previous question wasn't clear enough. From a rendering point of view what kind of techniques are used in this image as I would like to apply a similar style (I'm using OpenGL if that matters): ...
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Armature rest matrix - why does this exist?

I'm not sure I have a clear idea on what purpose the rest matrix/bindpose is supposed to serve in skeleton animation. If it is supposed to transform a bone into the rest pose and the mesh itself is ...
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Is there a transformation or set of transformations that can approximate a “radial scale”?

Is there a way to, with matrices, scale something as if someone were opening a Japanese fan? I'm at a loss of what to call it, so pointers towards avenues of research would be greatly appreciated. If ...
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How do you tell OpenGL ES 2.0 to use a texture as the depth buffer?

I want to render a scene with an outline post processing effect in OpenGL ES 2.0. First I render all the opaque objects. Then I use a post processing shader for silhouette detection that uses the ...
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Color grading, shaders and 3d textures

I'm trying to implement color correction with the 3d lookup table. The lookup table is actually just a 2d texture 256x16 and consists of 16 squares which one is 16x16. When it comes to rendering, I ...
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Recreating this flat-shaded look

I'll keep it short. How does one achieve the effect depicted in the image below? Is it feasible to do in realtime? It looks deceptively simple, but it probably isn't. Are there any keywords I can ...
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Symmetry preserving path simplification

I'm using the Douglas peucker (DP) algorithm to simplify some (2d) closed paths forming a shape. This works pretty good, but not so much for closed paths that have some symmetry. Take for example a ...
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Automatic shadow for isometric objects

I have like hunderd of isometric objects. One example: I'm trying to find a way to automate creation of shadow they're casting. I ended up with following transformation: matrix.Shear(-0.25f, ...
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Tangent basis calculation problem

I have the problem with seams with calculating a tangent basis in my application. I'm using a seems to be right algorithm, but it gives wrong result on the seams. What am I doing wrong? Is there a ...
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OS X OpenGL 3.2 Core (Black Screen)

I want to render a Quad via VAO, IBO and VBO but nothing is drawn. I'm using glDrawRangeElements in OS X OpenGL 3.2 Core context. The screen is completely black without any error. GLFW3 is used to ...
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How can I actually understand Instanced Geometry Rendering - so that I can implement it the way I need it

I'm stuck trying to implement instanced mesh rendering in my project. Particularly because I am failing to understand how certain components actually function - and how the drawing routine is actually ...
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3D Reflection - Drawing Upside Down

After reading up on rendering reflections, it seems that the way to do it is the render the scene from underneath the plane of reflection, and then use projective texturing to map the reflected ...
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How are 3D models created in video games?

As the title says, how are 3D models in games designed and displayed? Is it all-code? Drawn on paper, then on a 3D graphics software, then... what? Of course, game programmers won't define every ...
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Efficient foliage rendering with OpenGL

Rendering foliage usually involves "hanging" triangles and textures that have completely transparent areas. I'm interested in knowing how are these usually handled by a 3D engine. The first thing ...
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How to optimize SpriteBatch usage?

From what I understand, SpriteBatch's purpose is to batch as many draw operations to send to the GPU. Each batch can handle one texture at a time, and changing SpriteBatch context/texture is ...
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SpriteBatch does not draw on graphicDevice

I'm using a control which is using XNA inside. But when I try to draw something, it doesn't appear. I already did a lot of tests but can't figure out what's wrong. Here is the test I set up: ...
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Newbie game programmer - Where do I start? [closed]

Okay, so I have been really inclined towards game programming this past few weeks. I have primarily been a web programmer and know a fair number of lanugages like PHP, Java, javascript, python, etc. I ...
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Most efficient way to draw vertex with OpenGL

I am writing an OpenGL 3D game. There will be tons of triangles for terrain and objects in use. I am studying from the OpenGL official guide and the first presented method is to call a function ...
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Reverting the view SDL

So in my SDL application, which I setup for OpenGL, if I were to do the following code: glBegin(GL_QUADS); glVertex2i(0, 0); glVertex2i(50, 0); glVertex2i(50, 50); glVertex2i(0, 50); glEnd(); The ...
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sprite animation individual framerate

When animating sprites I am taking the delta difference between frames and locking the rendering frame rate of the sprite animation to the delta time. float delay = 1000.0f / FPS; float now = ...
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How to start graphics programming? [closed]

I'm trying to find a complete guide for OpenGL programming but all i can found is some blogs with non-finished lessons and old books. I don't want to just make a game, i want to develop my own game ...
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Damage indicator screen overlay

I want to make something already done by a lot of games , which is when I am taking so much hits from enemy red screen drawn like the following , using XNA 4.0: after it's drawn and I am still alive ...
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Jogl2 won't accept jogl 1.0 code - GL_LIGHTING and GL_LIGHT_MODEL_AMBIENT cannot be resolved or is not a field?

I'm trying to run my code on jogl 2.0 , for the first time (until now I worked with jogl 1.0) however Eclipse throws to almost every that I have a "cannot be resolved or is not a field" message . ...
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Screen effects and antialiasing

I have been working on a game for a while using glut for basic window creation. I was rendering to an offscreen buffer so that I could implement various effects like screen bulging, motion blur, ...
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Selecting and moving object in OpenGL Gameplay3D Engine

I'm using Gameplay3d as a game engine to develop a simple board game. PEG Solitaire I've come to the part where I've created a 2D grid for all the movable object, empty locations and also where it's ...
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Problem reseting device when using render target

How can I reset the device when I am rendering to a surface, and then stretching that surface to the back buffer. If i don't change the render target everything goes well, but when i change the render ...
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Matrix Translation Transformation Question

I've been reading a lot about computer graphics lately and because of it I'm building my own math library's for fun. I was reading about Matrix Translation and Homogeneous Coords, and was wondering ...
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Does my 2D OpenGL renderer need optimized?

I've started a game engine for learning purposes. I have successfully gotten an opengl renderer working and I can draw textures of varying sizes to the screen. The way I have done this is by creating ...
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Is it possible to push real-world, real-time data into Unity? [closed]

I'm pretty new to this, and I'm having trouble figuring out where to even look. If there's relevant terminology that'll be google-able, that would be a great help. Suppose I want to have a monitor ...
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Can I use multiple OpenGL version together

I want to use GLSL but keep my current OpenGL 1.1 setup. The thing is that can I use OpenGL 2.0 shaders on OpenGL 1.1 renders?
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Can I use a shader with 2 different textures in Cocos2D (x)?

We are evaluating a variety of different graphic engines for use in our game and we want to be able to use 2 different textures for many of our sprite maps. One sprite map would be the standard RGBA ...
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How can I load 2D texture data without a GraphicsDevice instance?

We have a client/server architecture for our game with the client being the XNA Game, and the game server is separate and only references XNA. They both use a shared DLL for networking. The game ...
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Dealing with field of view when zooming into a terrain from a height

I'm creating a tech demo featuring a small planet. The problem I'm having is that the planet doesn't really feel like the right "scale" when the camera in down on the surface, I think it could be the ...
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Another Question from the Image Efficiency for Memory Handling [closed]

At this topic, "Which image format is more memory-efficient: PNG, JPEG, or GIF?", one of the fellow Game Development community @Panda Pajama told about the complex concept about image memory handling ...
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Which image format is more memory-efficient: PNG, JPEG, or GIF?

Which image format is more efficient to save memory? PNG, JPEG, or GIF?
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Box2D and Slick2D: Graphics bug [closed]

The bug The physics ground represented by a horizontal line. The object is stationary, and seems to be pretending that the ground is lower. This is because the center of the Shape is incorrectly ...
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Drawing sprites messes up my model in XNA4

I have a model which draws correctly in XNA4. However if I try to add a background image (or any sprite), the rendering of my model is messed up. There are two problems with the rendering model is ...
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Tile Draw Order

I started working on a tile engine recently and have been trying to get this depth sorting for the tiles right. I am using XNA and the SpriteSortMode.Deferred to get the tiles to sort correctly in the ...
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How can I efficiently form terrain from a large number of cubes in XNA? [duplicate]

I have a project with a floor built from with small cubes (100x100 of them). If I exceed that size, the performance of my game suffers. How can I efficiently draw a larger number of identical models? ...
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Starting to make 2D games in C++ [closed]

I'm fairly experienced with C and C#, but I've only ever created console/windows applications. I'm also experienced with AS3 and I've made some flash games. I want to make proper 2D games in C++, but ...
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How do I scale down pixel art?

There are plenty of algorithms to scale up pixel art. (I prefer hqx, personally.) But are there any notable algorithms to scale it down? My game is designed to run at a resolution of 1280x720, but if ...
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Good resources for learning about graphics hardware

I'm looking for some good learning resources for graphics hardware (and associated low level software). Basically I want to learn more about what goes on underneath the opengl/direcx API layers in ...
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Opengl binding shaders vs binding buffers performance

Quick question for an opengl guru, I'm in the process of building a render queue and can either reduce the number of shader binding or the number of vertex buffer binding. I just want to know which ...
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Understanding normal maps on terrain

I'm having trouble understanding some of the math behind normal map textures even though I've got it to work using borrowed code, I want to understand it. I have a terrain based on a heightmap. I'm ...
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OpenGLES GLSL Shader attributes always bound to 0

So I have a very simple vertex shader as follows #version 120 attribute vec3 position; attribute vec3 inColor; uniform mat4 mvp; varying vec3 fragColor; void main(void){ fragColor = inColor; ...
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Objects won't render when Texture Compression + Mipmapping is Enabled

[EDIT: FIXED - Calling setting texture max level fixed that] I'm optimizing my game and I've just implemented compressed (DXTn) texture loading in OpenGL. I've worked my way removing bugs but I can't ...
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Given a RGB color x, how to find the most contrasting color y? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making a symbol appear on any colour I have to mark a certain item in a way that will make it stick-out in the background. I need it to be surrounded with the color that ...
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Is 2 lines of push/pop code for each pre-draw-state too many?

I'm trying to simplify vector graphics management in XNA; currently by incorporating state preservation. 2X lines of push/pop code for X states feels like too many, and it just feels wrong to have 2 ...
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Game window systems and internal frames

I don't know if this is a valid question, but: What kind of window manager do games use which have internal frames (Frames inside frames)? Does this differ between the programming languages (Are e.g. ...
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graphical interface when using assembly language

I want to learn a framework to use in assembly. I know that's not possible without learning the framework in C first. So I'm thinking of learning SDL in C and then teach myself how to interpret the ...