A proprietary shading language developed by Microsoft for use with the Microsoft Direct3D API.

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Generating shaders from fragments / HLSL Dynamic Linking in older shader models

In shader model 5 is a feature called dynamic linking which separates hlsl fragments by using interfaces and their methods implemented in classes. I don't have any experience with this technique, my ...
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Constant buffer content packing

I've read this: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff476898%28v=vs.85%29.aspx#Shader_Constant_Buffer but there's not much information in it. When creating a constant buffer do I ...
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how to modify shadow mapping in “3D Graphics with XNA Game Studio 4.0”? [closed]

So I've been following the tutorials from the book Sean James's "3D Graphics with XNA Game Studio 4.0", and have been doing fine until i reached the shadow mapping part. in this book it creates point ...
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Grid patter appear over bloom when resolution is lower than 1366x768 [closed]

The bloom post process in our engine is done via consecutive downscaling of the treshhold texture down to 1/64x1/64 of the main size. Every texture we use is R16G16B16A16 FP16. Afterwards, we ...
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Calculating normals after displacement mapping

I'm using C++, DX11 and tessellation. After tessellating a triangle I apply displacement mapping to the new vertices. But they still have the original triangle's normal so the lighting calculation ...
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Implementing Exponential Shadow Mapping

I've been following the tutorials (link1) and (link2) to implement Shadow Mapping. However, I'm getting shadowing artifacts which are quite ugly. I've done some research, and found that ESM ...
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Glow with forward rendering without two passes/MRT?

I am trying to implement controllable bloom. By controllable I mean bloom that can be requested even for non-bright pixels by adding the bloom value into a model's texture channel. To do this I need ...
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HLSL float4 addition returning all 0.0f vector, unexpected result

Edit: Added images at the bottom to show the current issue. I have the following few lines in my hlsl pixel shader where color and specular are both float4. color = color * textureColor; // Add ...
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Converting Projected Vertex Positions to Normalized Device Coordinates

I'm using directx 9 and vertex shaders to rasterize triangles...I have vertex shader input structs like this: struct VS_INPUT_Quad { float4 Position : POSITION; float2 UV : TEXCOORD0; }; and ...
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How do i define array in shader's constant buffer with C#?

I am using SharpDX to render 3D graphics and i cannot get to work constant buffer in my shader since it contains an array. Currently it looks like this: cbuffer cb0 : register(b0) { matrix ...
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Compare world space distance to shadow map depth

I am rendering shadow maps to cubemaps (just rendering raw depth buffer) then projecting them to the scene to do omni-directional shadow mapping. The cubemap is sampled by the light direction vector ...
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What's the difference between Textures and VertexTextures in XNA?

The GraphicsDevice class of XNA has the properties Textures and VertexTextures. What is the exact difference? I don't really understand what MSDN tells me about this. I usually use Effect parameters ...
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How to mix pixel colors in Shader?

I have a pixel that have a colour RGB. This color is calculated by the shader and can be anything. How can I override this color by a colour I choose. If my pixel is white it's simple, I can do this: ...
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Proper Directional light on multiple models

I've been trying to implement a Directional light into an XNA game I'm working on, but for what ever reason, I cannot seem to get the directional light to be a true directional light. Instead, I am ...
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How to set shader global variable in sharpdx without using Effect class

I am working with SharpDX, i thinking to try using (uniform) global variables for HLSL constants instead of constant buffers. But, in my code SharpDX's Effect class is not used: i use PixelShader ...
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What does the hull shader attribute “patchsize” do?

What does the hull shader attribute [patchsize(12)] do? MSDN fails to mention it. Do I have to use it? Should I use it?
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Easiest way to smoothen coarse mesh with HLSL?

I've browsed through a couple of presentations and papers about DX11 tessellation and they all say that one of the most common usages of tessellation is to take a coarse (low poly) mesh, smoothen it ...
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Do the predefined HLSL semantics carry any meaning?

I'd say there are 3 kinds of HLSL semantics: SV_* group - these are "system value" semantics which DO carry special meanings (e.g. assign special input/output data to/from shader stages) predefined ...
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XNA and HLSL shaders - Instancing using World Matrix array

I have posted this question on StackOverflow and was directed here, so I'll just copy the question: I am attempting to improvise some sort of hardware instancing in my game. I wish to draw multiple ...
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Random number hlsl

How do you generate a random number in HLSL? I'm asking because I want to try gpu ray tracing. You need to generate random directions in a pixel shader. So I want randFloat(), where the result is a ...
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How do I render into a sub-region of a texture atlas with XNA / HLSL?

Is it possible to render into a texture atlas? I've been wondering how to reduce the number of textures required for shadow-mapping, and came across a blog post here about rendering up to sixteen ...
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Why does my PixelShader ignore color but respond to alpha changes?

I started teaching myself some DirectX a short time ago and found something I'm confused about. For some reason, I can only get the color of the model I'm drawing to vary between black and white, ...
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SetFloat() in HLSL shader (effect) has no effect - variables stay at 0

I have a problem wherein I'm trying to set two simple float variables in my shader. I have a dozen other shaders in this project where it works fine, but for some reason, I've got a bug in this one ...
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What does [dynamic] do in HLSL

Here's an example (this if() is inside of a for loop, which itself has the [unroll] attribute): [dynamic] if (n.x > 1.0f || n.x < -1.0f || n.y > 1.0f || n.y < -1.0f || n.z < 0.0f || ...
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Issue with interpolation on a burn shader (lerp and smoothstep)

I'm trying to create a simple burn shader. See here for more info on the method I'm using. However, I don't get why replacing the smoothstep with a lerp results in completely different results. Am I ...
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Instancing with the SharpDX toolkit

I am starting on the graphical portion of my project and before I begin I need to get Instancing working. I can do instancing with SharpDX, but not with the Toolkit Models. The main reason I want to ...
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XNA Render Targets Depth Testing

I imagine this is a problem that gets asked quite often, but reading up on it I can't seem to get a definitive answer on how to solve it. I've got two HLSL shaders (I've simplified them in the ...
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How to share matrix in HLSL?

I am trying to share this across multiple effect files: matrix worldMatrix : register(vs_4_0, b0); If I set this from one effect file, will it effect every effect file which has the same type of ...
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How can I create a glitter effect?

I am trying to create a glittering effect for my realtime shader but I don't know how. Here is one example, and another example. What technique can I use to implement this?
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How does this bezier curve rendering shader determine if a curve is concave or convex?

I have read an article about rendering quadratic splines on a GPU with a shader. The algorithm is explained like this: For each quadratic Bézier curve we use Bézier control points of the curve to ...
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Is it possible to compile both VS and PS in a single file in VS2012?

VS2012 has a built-in option for compiling *.hlsl files at compile time (e.g. to check for errors). But from what I've seen it requires me to provide the entry point (function) name for each file. ...
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Rendering Textured Terrain With SharpDX Toolkit [closed]

So i recently moved from XNA to SharpDX Toolkit and started with some basics. The 2d part was easy since nearly nothing has changed but im really struggeling with the 3d part. For example i wanted to ...
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How to get pixel coordinates between 0,1 from SV_POSITION [duplicate]

I am new to HLSL and Directx. I was trying to write a simple gradient Shader by modifying one of Microsoft samples. 1.I can not understand why SV_POSITION is float4? If it is pixel coordinates ...
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Why does my blur shader implementation produce this strange result?

I tried to implement the blur shader shown here. Instead of having a simple 2D texture I use Unity's GrabPass function to capture what's behind the plane to have a transparent effect. Then I apply ...
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Why would I lose the D3D device during an HLSL unroll?

I have a pixel shader that downsamples a texture from one size to another. The downsample shader uses a nested 'for' loop to traverse the uv coordinates. When the for loop executes more than four ...
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What are registers in HLSL for?

I've read this document about HLSL registers, but it's more of a syntax description and not a purpose explanation. What are registers in HLSL, actually? How and when do I use them? What happens if I ...
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Is multipass rendering possible with SpriteBatch?

I'm trying to implement a bloom effect. This requires three shader passes: a brightness threshold, a horizontal blur, and a vertical blur. It also requires resizes, but these are irrelevant to the ...
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rrr subcsript for float type

I'm a little confused with this construction: float sdcolor = MyColor.r; // MyColor has float4 type float rcolor = sdcolor.rrr; // .ggg or .bbb isn't working return float4(rcolor , rcolor , rcolor , ...
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How to make HLSL effect just for lighting without texture mapping?

I created an effect and just want to use lightning but in default effect that XNA create we should do texture mapping or the model appears 'RED', because of this lines of code in the effect file: ...
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How can I export models from 3DX Max into XNA?

I am looking for a way to import my 3D models (including materials and shaders) from 3D Studio Max to XNA. For example, if I have a model with diffuse, bump, reflection textures and values (through ...
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Multiplying matrices in HLSL

I have code that calculates a position like this in HLSL: output.ShadowPos = input.VertexPos; output.ShadowPos = mul(output.ShadowPos, gWorld); output.ShadowPos = mul(output.ShadowPos, ...
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Rendering everything with a shader when only squares are needed?

I am building a game that is tile-based (filled with glowy vector squares). Right now, I am considering using instancing for drawing these, but I would like to know if there is a faster approach. The ...
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How can I handle the combination of multiple shader effects?

To be able to work efficiently with effects, is there a good way to combine multiple reusable "base" effects to achieve a more complex final result? For example, say I have an effect that handles ...
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Accounting for waves when doing planar reflections

I've been studying Nvidia's examples from the SDK, in particular the Island11 project and I've found something curious about a piece of HLSL code which corrects the reflections up and down depending ...
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Does passing uniform constants from technique into shader cause branches?

I am trying to find a way to organize my evergrowing number of shader techniques/functions (I am coding in sm_3.0). One way is to do this: float4 PS_Crossroads(PS_INPUT input, uniform bool ...
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Using tex2Dlod to determine the appropriate size of the texture

We have a top-down game with fixed camera position. We also use orthographic projection so every model in the game will always be viewed from the very same angle and from the very same distance. The ...
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How do I draw an isoline in a shader with a triangle topology?

I have some problems with my displacment. So I would like to have a simple little isoline starting in every triangles face center of the mash pointing in the direction of the corresponding faces ...
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HLSL postprocessing for day to night (DTN)

I am trying to implement a "day-to-night"-filter (as commonly used in cinema) for a 2D game (XNA) by using a full screen HLSL pixel shader. The aim is to transform any bright and colorful image into a ...
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how do I modify Texture2DArray values in shader

I'm using HLSL Shader Model 5.0. I'm using a Texture2D with the vertex positions for a mesh. In the Shader I'm trying to displace patchepositions along the normal of the patches I'd like to actualize ...