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Pixel-perfect rendering to a rendertarget with a fullscreen quad

I have some trouble rendering a bunch of values to a rendertarget. The values never end up in the exact range I want them to. Basically I use a fullscreen quad and a pixel shader to render to my ...
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How to invert background pixel's color

I'm writing a game and map editor using Java and jMonkeyEngine. In the map editor, I've got a brush done by wireframed sphere. My problem is: I want to make it visible everywhere, so I want to invert ...
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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 light,...
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Detect Mip mapping level in the shader?

Is there a way to do this in pixel shader 2.0/3.0? I've got on or off transparency so when the mipmapping level is different the transparency can take up too much of the texture and make it invisible....
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Can't render to FBO using a shader

I've added functionality so that I can render to a framebuffer (for post-processing and stuff). I can successfully render to my framebuffer and then render that framebuffer, but anything with a ...
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openGL managing images, VBOs and shaders

I'm working on a game where I use shaders with vertex attributes (so not immediate mode). I'm drawing lots of images and changing the width/height of the quads I use to draw them a lot. To optimize ...
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Optimizing gaussian blur with linear filtering

There's a few (here, and here) gaussian blur tutorials out there suggesting that you can essentially cut the number of texture lookups in a gaussian blur shader in half by exploiting the GPU's ...
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Dealing with 2D pixel shaders and SpriteBatches in XNA 4.0 component-object game engine?

I've got a bit of experience with shaders in general, having implemented a couple, very simple, 3D fragment and vertex shaders in OpenGL/WebGL in the past. Currently, I'm working on a 2D game engine ...
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How do I pass vertex and color positions to OpenGL shaders?

I've been trying to get this to work for the past two days, telling myself I wouldn't ask for help. I think you can see where that got me... I thought I'd try my hand at a little OpenGL, because ...
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How do I read the an environment map CPU side? (Similar to texCube function on GPU)

I need to extract the one pixel from a environment mapping (I already have the 6 textures) using the normal vector. How can I achieve this ? I want something very similar to what texCUBE(link) does ...
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GLSL Editor and Debugger for MacOSX with ES2 support

is there a GLSL editor for the mac? I need it for iOS OpenGLES2 shader. How do you best debug shader? Regards
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Help understand GLSL directional light on iOS (left handed coord system)

I now have changed from GLKBaseEffect to a own shader implementation. I have a shader management, which compiles and applies a shader to the right time and does some shader setup like lights. Please ...
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Billboard rendering without distortion?

I use the standard approach to billboarding within Unity that is OK, but not ideal: transform.LookAt(camera) The problem is that this introduces distortion toward the edges of the viewport, ...
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GLSL subroutine not being used

I'm using a gaussian blur fragment shader. In it, I thought it would be concise to include 2 subroutines: one for selecting the horizontal texture coordinate offsets, and another for the vertical ...
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Error X3650 when compiling shader in XNA

I'm attempting to convert the XBDEV.NET Mosaic Shader for use in my XNA project and having trouble. The compiler errors out because of the half globals. At first I tried replacing the globals and ...
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Early Z culling - Ogre

For Ogre experienced people, but also experts in the field: Early Z culling is sometimes quite desirable, and that's what I tried to do in Ogre by using a two pass material. The first one is writing ...
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Simple GLSL example to render a 2d textured quad?

I would really love to add shader support in my game , although i can't seem to find a SIMPLE example on how to setup opengl for using shaders. So i would like to ask : Does anyone knows if there are ...
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Why can't a blendShader sample anything but the current coordinate of the background image?

In Flash, you can set a DisplayObject's blendShader property to a pixel shader (flash.shaders.Shader class). The mechanism is nice, because Flash automatically provides your Shader with two input ...
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Shader optimization - Cg/HLSL pseudo and via multiplication

HLSL/Cg do not allow texture fetching inside conditional blocks. To get around this I am first checking a variable and performing some computations, afterwards I set a float flag to 0.0 or 1.0, ...
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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.