The simulation of light and illumination in games, including its interaction with the environment. A core element of games that can bring out vivacity into otherwise static worlds.

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Calculating the illumination level of an object

In my (UE4) scene I have an object and several (point) light sources. The object can move around, getting closer and away from all those light sources. Now I need to calculate for each light source ...
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Creating Fog Of View in 2D game with lighting method

I'm creating 2D side scrolling game with Unity, and i want to add feature where the player come into a cave, then all going dark, the player turn on the flash light, so the player can see around ( ...
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Ray tracing - texture and phong lighting

Other questione releated to my ray tracer implementation for iPad. If I have a polygon that has a texture and a material, how do I calculate the color using Phong lighting model? Is the texture used ...
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How to correctly pass multiple light structures to shader stage?

I'm having some problems when passing multiple light structures to a shader stage. I'm using an array of point lights that is updated each frame. This is my code for creating the buffer ...
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Unity - Meta pass and Precomputed Realtime GI

I am writing a shader in Unity and I would like to use some special values for the precomputed realtime GI. I am using a vertex fragment shader as it seems that it offers much more controls than a ...
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UDK building light takes a long time

I have been creating a level in UDK and usually bulding lighting takes 10 minutes to build but today i haven't changed anything in the level, now it takes 20+ minutes, why is this happening?
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Is there a way to control the ordering and grouping of ShaderLab Blend command?

I'm writing a shader in Unity that responds to 3 lights: 1 directional and 2 point lights. The point lights are processed in the ForwardAdd pass (once per light). I need the ForwardAdd pass to blend ...
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Skydome and Ambient Intensity (Unity)

I've made a custom skydome in my game. For all my lights I have set them to not affect the skydome. The only thing affecting the skydome is the ambient light. For my game I have ambient intensity at ...
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2D - Smooth lighting with shadows for a tile-based game

for the last week or so I have been completely stuck on trying to implement efficient lighting. I've been researching and experimenting and I've looked everywhere that I have been capable of finding, ...
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How can I model a star?

I'm trying to model a star in Unity, and it, sort of works, but it's not ideal. Currently, I'm using a large sphere with a self-illuminating material containing a star texture applied to it's surface, ...
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How do I query a LibGDX Box2DLights “light” and “dark” regions?

I have lighting implemented using Box2dLight. I want to update/render things inside the player's PointLight area. Stuff in the dark area should not be rendered. How can I find which areas are lit or ...
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Phong lighting model - R vector

In Phong lighting model a vector R is used to calculate the spectral component of light. The equation used to obtain it is R = 2(N•L)N - L I can't understand why we use this equation. Could someone ...
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Simulating sun 3d direction

At the moment I got the following to simulate the suns direction: void Sun::Update() { if (!mIsMoving) return; const auto now = Clock::now(); const auto timeDiff = now - ...
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Create the sun light in a large space simulation

I want to create a space simulation, but I'm facing some difficulties when I try to create a realistic sun. Currently, I've a simple Point Light inside a sphere. But for some reasons, no matter the ...
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Why is everything lit by default?

I am following the unity tutorial here and when i drag my environment into the Hierarchy everything i already lit up on my Game view, i noticed this was also the case in the Space Shooter tutorial ...
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What is a lobe, in reference to lighting and graphics

I sometimes see references to lobes when talking about lighting, especially with specular lighting, but also with spherical harmonics which doesn't do specular. Can anyone explain what exactly a lobe ...
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How to calculate spherical harmonic coefficients for indirect diffuse?

After reading the article "An Efficient Representation for Irradiance Environment Maps", I'm a bit confused as how to calculate the spherical harmonic coefficients. I'd like to generate these ...
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Inverting the Z coordinate of the light vector

I noticed that in some vertex shaders they invert the Z coordinate of the light vector, i.e. // Compute denormalized light vector in world space float3 vLightWS = g_LightPosition.xyz - ...
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How to calculate per vertex normals? (OpenGL) [duplicate]

I am really confused and quite much thinking about how to do that? Cross product and then, normalizing is not working for me. Or perhaps, I take them all wrong. Well, please explain me that while ...
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Deferred rendering: camera inside point light's sphere of effect

I'm trying out deferred rendering and I'm using the tutorials at http://ogldev.atspace.co.uk. I've got the basics working and I'm currently trying to implement the final step from tutorial 37 ...
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LWJGL OpenGL Spotlight half-showing

Problem: Only half of the light is showing. Lighting Inilization code: glEnable(GL_LIGHTING); glEnable(GL_LIGHT0); glEnable(GL_DEPTH_TEST); glEnable(GL_NORMALIZE); ...
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LWJGL Lighting advice / fix

Problem: The spotlight I've set up with OpenGL won't light up anything behind it, no matter what values I set for GL_SPOT_DIRECTION float[] LightDir = new float[]{0,0,-1,0}; float[] ...
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WebGL Multiple Lights, Blending, and Render Order

I am trying to do simple forward rendering for multiple lights using additive blending in WebGL. Following advice from this SO and this one, I simply turn on blending using glBlendFunc(GL_ONE, GL_ONE) ...
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Unreal Engine 4 Point Light Limiters..?

I've noticed through the first two tutorials I've done that Point Lights begin entering the viewport with red x's on them. When I build those don't turn on. It seems to be implying some limit to the ...
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Lighting changes when loading scene

I have a script that changes the levels using Application.LoadLevel (sceneNameToChangeTo); Once a level is loaded using that code when testing with the editor, the lighting changes dramatically. ...
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Unity 2D: Lighting ground tiles in a sidescroller?

I'm trying to find a good way to tint the ground tiles in my 2D game at sunrise, sunset, etc. I thought it'd be a good idea to use a diffuse material + lighting in order to create effects by ...
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Phong shading blows out things close to white [OpenGL]; is there a way around this?

I'm doing per-pixel lighting using the Phong shading model. In pseudo code this looks like: vec4 ambientColor = light.ambientIntensity * material.diffuse; vec4 diffuseColor = light.diffuseIntensity ...
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Creating Lighting effect in openGL [duplicate]

I am trying to make my wall have the same color and shade as the walls shown in the picture (Please ignore the frame and the bulbs). I can create a a cube and view it from inside but how can we give ...
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Making a night scene without being dark on the monitor

What would be a good way to make a 3D scene look "like" a dark night, without being so dark on the monitor that it's hard to see stuff (especially when playing in a brightly lit room). I've been ...
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OpenGL Diffuse Lighting Issue

I seem to have a problem in my OpenGL scene where if I (the camera) am looking at an plane it's brightness changes depending on what angle I am to the plane. It seems as though the camera is a source ...
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Question regarding irradiance

I know that the formula for irradiance at surface point p with normal n given a point light source at position l is: H = I(cos x) / ||l - p||^2 Where: x = angle between n and l-p I() = Intensity ...
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Proper normal vector transformations in normal mapping

Hello! This question is about transforming normal vectors from normal maps properly. I have tried methods from over five sources, still can't get it to work, and I'm really desperate. Included are ...
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What causes this graphics quality difference between WebGL Build and Unity 5 Editor?

The Editor version and WebGL version of my Minesweeper clone have some graphics quality differences. I chose 'Fast' option when building this deployment. Is this the difference between 'Fast' and ...
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Incorrect Normal Matrix

In my game engine I'm passing a normal matrix to my shaders like so: Matrix3f normalMatrix = modelMatrix.invert().transpose(); However this is causing lighting to rotate with my object, producing a ...
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How to cast colored shadows

I have a glassy object and when light passes through it I want it to cast colored light behind it, instead of the shadow. I could just use another light object to cast that colored light, but is it ...
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Unity 2D: Sprites/Diffuse is making my character weird, like an antialias

i'm trying to put light and shadows on my 2D character but when i set the material on it to Sprites/Diffuse, it's kinda putting a strange smooth on my pixels. Without diffuse: With diffuse: And ...
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Connect lightsource with object in Libgdx

I want to make an minimalistic highway chase game in LibGDX, but I have a question. Can I attach a source light to an object so gravity will affect the source light, by pulling it down? One solution ...
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Sprite outline based on light position in UE4

I have simple sprite (for example black box) and I like to add to it outline (red line on example image) but based on light direction. I know UE4 use deffered renderer, so I cant access to lights, but ...
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Rectangular area light illuminance - colour banding

I'm currently working on an implementation of rectangular area lights but I am having some issues with the illuminance calculation, which gives me serious colour banding across the entire lit area. ...
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Unity 5 Enlighten - How do I make objects look bright?

I've recently started using Unity 5 and have been reading up on their global illumination and physically-based shaders using Enlighten here. Unfortunately, I would seem that the demo project which ...
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Custom shadowmapping in Unity not working properly

To experiment with a certain technique, I'm implementing my own shadow mapping in Unity. I'm using a camera for the light "view", which is rendered to a RenderTexture after being post-processed with ...
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Imported Blender modular mesh lighting/shadows issue - Unity

Hi I've very recently started using Unity and am creating a game level. I've created my environment in blender and am currently using a modular design as I'd like to include destructible environments. ...
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Are shaders the only way to implement 2d lighting?

I'm working on a 2d top down game with libgdx and I think i got the basics. No want I want to implement lighting, I don't know anything about lighting. I want just to have some light sources and ...
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Dot based light mask with shader on sprites

So I have a scene, completely based on 2D sprites. I want to render "light sources" into a seperate frame buffer (so mostly dots around, for example, the centre of a flame) and then render that frame ...
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What are the advantages of tangent space shading/lighting, and what about attenuation?

In several topics here it was suggested by people that doing lighting in tangent space is better than doing it in world space. Right now I am doing it in camera space, but it's really similar to world ...
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What are 'ambient' lighting/illumination/occlusion? [duplicate]

What's the difference between ambient lighting,ambient illumination and ambient occlusion ? What are they? What's the difference between them?
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Box2D Lights - Simulate water

I have a libGDX project, in which I have a Box2D world, which is currently filled with some boxes as a terrain. I also added a DirectionalLight to the scene for simulating the Sun. I almost have the ...
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What are 'physically-based' lighting/rendering/materials?

What's the difference between physically based lighting, physically based rendering and physically based materials? How they are different from deferred and forward rendering? And physically based ...
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Rendering lighting only on specific objects

I have done something similar to this in monogame: My question is, what would I have to do to draw that lighting effect only on the pillar and not the background ? Is there something like ...
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Where is Light in Game view

Very Basic Question.when i run the the game the game Mode is Too dark as shown below in the picture. please suggest me some Setting how to globally switch on built in light while Running the game in ...