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

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Best way to mask 2D sprites in XNA?

I currently am trying to mask some sprites. Rather than explaining it in words, I've made up some example pictures: The area to mask (in white) Now, the red sprite that needs to be cropped. The ...
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How do I create a wide-angle / fisheye lens with HLSL?

What are the concepts that need to be implemented in order to achieve the effect of a wide angle lens of varying extremities? Pseudocode and specific explanation referring to the various stages of ...
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What are some good resources for learning HLSL?

The last time I tried learning HLSL, I made a few shaders and mostly understood what I was doing, but I still felt like I was stumbling in the dark. Most of what I learned I got from various blog ...
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How can I create a lighting effect like this?

This is the most beautiful 2d lighting I have ever seen, and I'd like to perform lighting like this too. How do I do it? I don't care about the physics or how the particles are simulated - I only ...
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Modern Shader Book?

I'm interested in learning about Shaders: What are they, when/for what would I use them, and how to use them. (Specifically I'm interested in Water and Bloom effects, but I know close to 0 about ...
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SV_POSITION in pixel shader

What are the uses for SV_POSITION in the pixel shader? Previously this was the POSITION semantic and it wasn't readable in the pixel shader, but now that it is, what can it be used for? In an SM2 ...
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Pass large array to pixel shader

I am trying to write a Pixelshader for a curve effect in Direct2d. A curve effect maps each color channel value to a different value by using a look up table. For this effect I would need to pass 3 ...
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Rendering collections of light sources

I have a small test environment where small point lights are scattered. Players should able to collect them. The collectible lights are rendered using a simple billboard technique where two triangles ...
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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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Loading and using an HLSL shader?

I've been looking everywhere and all I can find are tutorials on writing the shaders. None of them showed me how to incorporate them into my scene. So essentially: Given an hlsl shader, if I were to ...
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How do I achieve supersampling / anti-aliasing in pixel shaders?

I am trying to write a couple pixel shaders to apply to images similar to Photoshop effects. For example this effect: But I noticed there is aliasing in my resulting image (the above image is a ...
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Bitwise operators in DX9 ps_2_0 shader

I've got the following code in a shader: // v & y are both uints nPixel = v; nPixel << 8; nPixel |= y; and this gives me the following error in compilation: shader.fx(80,10): error ...
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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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2D Mask antialiasing in xna hlsl

I have two texture2d , one of these is a mask texture and have 2kind color and i use that for mask (filter) second texture2D something like float4 tex = tex2D(sprite, texCoord); float4 bitMask ...
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Draw many flashlights' focused lights' “circles” on a voxel engine map (and other objects)

So, I've been searching the internet for a while and I still didn't understand how to create a flashlight's "circle" in front of the camera over other objects. I found the following links: using ...
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Problem building a color grading map

I am trying to build a default color grading map into a 1024x32 RenderTarget. Here is my shader code: VertexShaderOutput VertexShaderFunction(VertexShaderInput input) { VertexShaderOutput output; ...
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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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Increasing resolution of a texture?

I'm doing some experiments on my own to improve my general skills with HLSL and so forth. In other words, I'm not doing any serious game development, but only looking to expand my knowledge within the ...
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How to implement Fog Of War with an shader?

Okay, I'm creating a RTS game and want to implement an AgeOfEmpires-like Fog Of War(FOW). That means a tile(or pixel) can be: 0% transparent (unexplored) 50% transparent black (explored but not in ...
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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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Volumetric Fog Shader - Camera Issue

I am trying to build an infinite fog shader. This fog is applied on a 3D plane. For the moment I have a Z-Depth Fog. And I encounter some issues. As you can see in the screenshot, there are two views. ...
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How to mix effects together?

Lets say I have got terrain effect, contains multitexturing, light. Now water effect. It must be different, but must be also affected by light. Other one, player effect, must also be affected by ...
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Deferred Lighting - How to map to the generated texture?

I'm trying to implement deferred lighting and I have done the first and second pass but I'm stuck on the third as I don't know how to map from the current pixel being drawn to the generated texture ...
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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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FXC: Error X3501: 'main': entrypoint not found

I am trying to compile a vertex shader using VS2013, but every time I try, FXC returns the following error: Error error X3501: 'main': entrypoint not found I've reduced the vertex shader to its ...