a computer program that runs on graphics hardware and provides a high degree of control over how scenes are rendered

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How to render realistic ice?

I am trying to write an ice shader in Unity that looks good and at least semi-realistic. If the following shot (found on Google) was CG, what would its shader include? (the foreground cave). I might ...
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Where to store shaders

I have an OpenGL renderer which has a Scene member variable. The Scene object can contain N SceneObjects. I use these SceneObjects for storing the vertex position and any transforms. My question is, ...
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How do multipass shaders work in OpenGL?

In Direct3D, multipass shaders are simple to use because you can literally define passes within a program. In OpenGL, it seems a bit more complex because it is possible to give a shader program as ...
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Shadow-mapping xna

I've been trying to implement shadows in my game and I've been following quite a few tutorials online, mainly Riemers, but I'm always getting the same 2 errors when I'm drawing my models and setting ...
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How to achieve this particular screen filter with GLSL?

I know this may be a "short" question, but still here it goes. I would like to know how to achieve a post rendering effect, that looks like the following image from walking dead series: I will ...
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Custom made depth bias (vertex) shader

As most of intermediate graphics programmers know, z-fighting can be a problem. That's why most game engines prevent this from happening by using a slope depth bias algorithm. As there's no direct ...
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Can I use the default depth buffer when drawing to FBO?

How to attach default depth buffer to FBO? How to use depth renderbuffer buffer attached to FBO (after drawing to it) as a default depth buffer? Basically I want to use the same depth buffer for both ...
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Normal maps in 3dsMax - OgreMax - how to view associated tangent vectors?

Reading this post I found out that 3dsMax might not use the same tangents when rendering normal mapped objects. In my case, I was using Ogre and OgreMax to analyze results and they were very ...
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Deferred shading - how to combine multiple lights?

I'm starting out with GLSL and I've implemented simple deferred shading that outputs G-buffer with positions, normals and albedo. I've also written a simple point light shader. Now I draw a sphere ...
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Basics of drawing in 2d with OpenGL 3 shaders

I am new to OpenGL 3 and graphics programming, and want to create some basic 2d graphics. I have the following scenario of how I might go about drawing a basic (but general) 2d rectangle. I'm not ...
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Render 3D torus shape entirely in GLSL

I was wondering, is it possible to render a (3D) torus shape entirely in GLSL, i.e. without using vertex/index arrays? Suggestions are welcome, thanks.
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How to get the texture coordinate of a neighbouring pixel for a blur shader?

I'm still having some trouble to get my head around fragment shaders and doing some image processing on textures. The context is a 2D sprite: a simple texture painted on a quad. All done with OpenGL ...
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Which is worst: Too many VertexShader instructions, or FragmentShader instructions?

I want to have a better understanding of how to create shaders with optimal performance and realize where some bottlenecks can occur. Is it usually favorable (when possible) to delegate most of the ...
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How to handle multiple effect files in XNA

So I'm using ModelMesh and it's built in Effects parameter to draw a mesh with some shaders I'm playing with. I have a simple GUI that lets me change these parameters to my heart's desire. My question ...
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Problem when animating MD5 model (GPU Skinning)

I'm trying to implement a GPU skinning version of the md5mesh.js by @tojiro (demo with CPU skinning) in WebGL (live demo of the project here, use WASD to move the camera around). The main concept is ...
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Graphic hardware texture formats shaders relational speed

I'm interested to know, is there a direct correlation to the speed that a shader will run based on the bit depth of a texture upon which it is running. For example: If I have a 2 bit stencil texture ...
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XNA Sprite Flash Effect

I'm looking for a way to render every non-transparent pixel in a sprite solid white (to 'flash' the sprite white when the player takes damage etc). This is on Windows Phone 7. I was using a very ...
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Implementing IVertexType Interface

In XNA, I have created a new VertexType, called it VertexPositionTextureLight which inherts the IVertexType Interface, but apparently I need to implement the member of VertexDeclartion which I cleary ...
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Reflections based on distance from plane

Let's consider, for example, a surface like the volleyball court, we can see that legs and shoes of the players are reflected, with a blur effect, but body and stadium don't (as each object not near ...
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2D Point Light XNA , Why my point light radius is Oval?

I friend of mine , taught me how to make a simple 2d point light with shader, so i follow his steps and finally done it ! but something happend , the light shape is like an oval and not like a ...
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Decompile an FX shader

Is it possible to decompile a .xnb file? I've lost my shader code, but only have my .xnb file left.
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Multiple render targets and gamma correctness in Direct3D9

Let's say in a deferred renderer when building your G-Buffer you're going to render texture color, normals, depth and whatever else to your multiple render targets at once. Now if you want to have a ...
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Projective texture and deferred lighting

In my previous question, I asked whether it is possible to do projective texturing with deferred lighting. Now (more than half a year later) I have a problem with my implementation of the same thing. ...
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DirectX11, how to properly update a staging buffer with a structured buffer's count using CopyStructureCount

Alright, I'm not quite sure what is going on with my code at the moment. I'm currently getting around to defining behavior for my particle system, and to better do this I need to know how many ...
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Programatically replace color gradient on sprite

Say I have the following image: I want to tint the yellow parts on this sprites shoulder/arms by a random color. In other questions on this site, they suggest using a chroma key and replacing the ...
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Why is antialiasing dependent on sampling?

I am thinking about the best ways to render two dimensional objects in the highest detail possible using modern graphics technology and it occurred to me that when I simplify a situation enough, I ...
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Spherical fractal noise generator in shader

I have a growing sphere in space, and I thought of having a procedural generated texture over it. Since it is growing, I thought a fractal would be a great choice, because more details would be ...
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Adapting DirectX samples to SlimDX

I'm trying to learn DirectX and SlimDX but I'm having a terrible time getting started. I'm taking the Triangle tutorial and trying to add color and transformations. Starting with controlling color, ...
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XNA a Simple 2D Point Light

I want to make a 2D Point Light in XNA, I was able to find some helpful information but it is too advance for me, since i know nothing about Shaders http://www.soolstyle.com/2010/02/15/2d-deferred-...
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Realistic metal shader

How do you create a good metal shader? For different metals and say more or less eroded / rusty and so on. I know that one difference from ordinary materials is that metal should 'colour' the ...
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Decent Shader editor for Visual Studio

Is there a decent Effect file editor plugin for Visual Studio? I'm getting slightly frustrated with constantly copying and pasting from FX Composer.
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Enconding/Decoding bit value in Texture Alpha Channel

I am Rendering to a SurfaceFormat.Color. (R8G8B8A8) The alpha of this format has 8 bits and I want to be able to use those 8 bits as a bit field. For example, in one pass of my render, I want to save ...
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Could a large number, such as 255.000255 be converted to it's RGB channels in a Shader language?

If I had a Vertex Shader constant holding one float value, like: 255.000255 Where: The first 3 numbers are actually red (255), next three are green (000), then the last three are blue (255). ... ...
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Can a texture's UV coordinates be animated (scrolled) when part of a SpriteSheet?

Alright so my question is about texture manipulation in Flash Stage3D / Context3D using AGAL for the shader language. But I'm pretty sure this could be applicable in other situations involving GPU ...
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Basic knowledge for 2d gaming and images?

Can anybody refer me some pdf or ebook that i should follow for basic 2d programming and texture ,shaders and other gaming elements details in depth.By which i can easily get through the 2d game ...
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Using multiple shaders

I'm currently studying opengl shaders but I can't figure out something: how to apply different shaders to the objects, for example, a teapot rendered using toon shader and another one in the same ...
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Transformed Pretransformed coordinates?

I am creating a minecraft like terrain engine thing in XNA and C#, and I am trying to create a item/block selector tool. The thing is I would like to have 3D objects on the tool. So I thought for the ...
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Why even use shaders?

assuming I want my game to have a Cel-shaded look. There are plenty of tutorials how to implement Cel-shading in hlsl f.e. But what is the point? If I am creating my assets with Blender or 3d-max I ...
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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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What is the point of this hard-coded vector when calculating luminance in glow/bloom effects?

I have looked at two different vertex shaders that calculate luminance and both use a "magic" vector that I'm not sure the meaning of the the actual values. For instance: const mediump vec3 ...
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Shader issues when creating projection using CreateOrthographicOffCenter instead of CreateOrthographic

Pre. Having these matrix transformations: var scale = Matrix.CreateScale(50f); var eye = new Vector3(0, 0, 10.0f); var view = Matrix.CreateLookAt(eye, Vector3.Zero, Vector3.Up); var projection = ...
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What do the components of gl_TexCoord[0] mean?

What are the differences between gl_TexCoord[0].s, gl_TexCoord[0].t gl_TexCoord[0].p and gl_TexCoord[0].x, gl_TexCoord[0].y gl_TexCoord[0].z ? I understand that gl_TexCoord[0].x, gl_TexCoord[0].y ...
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Changing the color of some fragment of a texture using shaders

Declarative programming language QML allows to connect the elements, their properties with universal variables in shader programs description. For these purposes there is such elements as ...
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Fire range arc behind buildings

need some help with HLSL. Each charater in my game shows a fire range arc (which is a textured model) which show how far the guy can shoot, see It looks ok, but I hate the fact that it shows even ...
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What rendering techniques would I use to draw a drop shadow effect for cards in a card game?

What type of shading algorithm might be used to create shadows like these? the one I'm making is similar but it is all done with a 2D drawing API powered by OpenGL so there is no Z coordinate. In ...
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How can I use the dualforward parameter in my unity shader to use lightmaps and normal maps together? [closed]

I'm using the free version of unity and I would like to combine lightmaps with specularity and normal maps. After doing a -bunch- of research, I've figured out that there doesn't seem to be any easy ...
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Some help understanding and modifying a 2D shader

I have a similar question as the one posed here, except that I don't wish to use a 1D Color Palette. I simply wish to have it display 1 color of my choosing (red, for example). I plan to use this ...
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Toon shader with Texture. Can this be optimized?

I am quite new to OpenGL, I have managed after long trial and error to integrate Nehe's Cel-Shading rendering with my Model loaders, and have them drawn using the Toon shade and outline AND their ...
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XNA 4 Deferred Rendering deforms the model [closed]

I have a problem when rendering a model of my World - when rendered using BasicEffect, it looks just peachy. Problem is when I render it using deferred rendering. See for yourselves: what it looks ...
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Setting the values of a struct array from JS to GLSL

I've been trying to make a structure that will contain all the lights of my WebGL app, and I'm having troubles setting up it's values from JS. The structure is as follows: struct Light { vec4 ...