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One draw call with one big mesh VS many draw calls with many little meshes

I have read that in order to optimize WebGL application, one should reduce an amount of draw calls. But does it mean that computing a one big mesh from all single meshes on CPU by modifying vertices ...
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Lighting computation viewing direction

This is something that's really cooking my noodle. When I'm computing the light response for a material in my fragment shader, I'm using the standard 3 normalized vectors, in eye space: fragment ...
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MonoGame: Can't compile effect

I'm having trouble compiling a very simple pixel shader using the content pipeline in MonoGame 3.2. Whenever I compile the shader using "ps_3_0" it works but when I try to load it using the ...
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Why Does unity_LightPosition[0] Seem to Depend on Camera Position?

I'm trying to write a fairly basic shader but I keep running into lighting issues with Unity. My first problem was trying to figure out which variable stored the light's position in world space. ...
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How to change pixel color of Texture with Fragment Shader

I want to change the pixel color of a texture. I don't know where to start and what to add. Really need help, I only find useless snippets in the internet. My current Code: public void ...
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DirectX9 Normal/Bump Mapping Weird Texturing Artifact

As you can see the artifact here is like a triangle of the mesh getting more light. The important part of my code is below. This is the vertex declaration. VertexElement[0].Stream = 0; ...
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Component-wise GLSL vector branching

I'm aware that it usually is a BAD idea to operate separately on GLSL vec's components separately. For example: //use instrinsic functions, they do the calculation on 4 components at a time. float ...
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Fog shader camera problem

I have some difficulties with my vertex-fragment fog shader in Unity. I have a good visual result but the problem is that the gradient is based on the camera's position, it moves as the camera moves. ...
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How can I compile a Direct3D 9 effect from a file?

I started working with shaders recently in DirectX9. I noticed that there is a D3DXCompileShaderFromFile function for IDirect3DVertexShader9 and pixel shader. Which compiles the shader and gives you ...
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Tessellation vs Geometry Shader

Correct me if I'm wrong, but both the Geometry Shader and the Tessellation Shader jobs are to generate vertices in the Graphic Pipeline. What I would like to know is how they are different and when ...
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Surface normal to screen angle

I've been struggling to get this working. I simply wish to take a surface normal and convert it to a screen angle. As an example, assuming we're working with the highlighted surface on the sphere ...
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Linking one uniform variable to many shaders

Let's say, that I have 3 programs, and in each of those programs there is a view matrix uniform, which should be the same in all those programs. Right now, when my camera moves, I need to re-upload ...
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2D metaball liquid effect - how to feed output of one rendering pass as input to another shader

I'm attempting to make a shader for unity3d web project. I want to implement something like in the great answer by DMGregory in this question. in order to achieve a final look something like this.. ...
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Achieve anisotropic filtering

I want to set anisotropic filtering to my scene. I use SharpDX (DirectX 11) and C#. How do i set up anisotropic filtering in my shader? Currently i try that in the shader: Texture2D tex; sampler ...
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What is wrong with my specular phong shading

I'm sorry if this should be placed on stackoverflow instead however seeing as this is graphics related I was hoping you guys could help me: I'm attempting to write a phong shader and currently working ...
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Depth Map resolution shifting

the problem is with shadow mapping as you can see, actually it works fine but in a certain condition that the Depth Map size must be equal to the size of rendering buffer, I use an infinite ...
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draw fog of war using shaders

I am making a RTS game, and I'd like some advice on how to best render fog of wars, given what I'm already doing. You can imagine this game as being a classic RTS like Age of Empires 2, where the fog ...
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XNA Shader deformation event driven

I’m working on this tutorial trying to figure out how i can modify the code in order to get the deformation along only one axis (for example Z axis) when I hit a button on my keybord. In other words, ...
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Why distance field text rendering have clear outline?

http://www.valvesoftware.com/publications/2007/SIGGRAPH2007_AlphaTestedMagnification.pdf All the process for doing distance rendering is clear, but 'how does it work' is not clear for me. It looks ...
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Global variables with fixed shaders

In Unity3D, can I use global shader uniform variables with fixed function shaders?
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Can't read .cso files but I can read their .hlsl versions?

Well I've been trying to read a .cso file to use as a shader for a DirectX program I'm currently making. Problem is no matter how I implemented a way to read the file it never worked. And after ...
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Most efficient way of brighten and darken sprites with OpenGL > 2.0

So I have been shading (brighten/darken +adding color) my sprites by using glTexEnvf with GL_MODULATE and GL_ADD and a vertex color. I only had to rebind the batch every time I needed to change from ...
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How can I use shaders to make a square have a waving effect?

I'm new to using shaders to do some fancy effects and I'm struggling with them. I'm using DirectX 11 and HLSL. I have this square in the middle of the screen: It's just a square that I've created ...
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List of GLSL ES built-in variables

I am writing an article on WebGL and three.js, I'm trying to search all the built-in variables available in the vertex and fragment shader. I've found many sites mentioning some, for example: ...
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Calculating Per Vertex Normal in Geometry Shader

I am able to calculate normals per face in my Geometry Shader but i want to calculate per vertex normal for smooth shading. My Geometry shader is #version 430 core layout ( triangles ) in; layout ( ...
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Unity - Part of the sprite is covered in shadow

I have a sprite with Transparent/Cutout/Diffuse shader. Recieving shadows is turned on in SpriteRenderer. The light is a pointlight and I am using deffered rendering path. However when I am above or ...
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Surface shader with VertexLit causes black object

I wrote the simplest possible surface shader: Shader "SimpleSurf" { Properties { _MainTex ("Base (RGB)", 2D) = "white" {} } SubShader { Tags {"RenderType"="Opaque" } ...
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What is the maximum number of shaders I can have in OpenGL 4?

What is the maximum limit of shaders I can have on the GPU? With 1000 different objects, I might have 1000 * 5 shaders (vertex, tcs, tes, geo, frag) on the GPU at a time. Though only one will be ...
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How can I create a shader that will reproduce this lighting effect on terrain?

Notice the way in which the major light source in each image reflects off the ground, as a function of the distance between the light source and the viewer (?). Is this a (bumped) specular map? ...
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opengl output to texture with 4 levels of depth

i'm building a game where transparency is important. I can live with being restricted to four levels of depth and my current plan is to do two passes: 1. render everything to a texture using ...
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Optimizations using GLSL shaders

I have written a simple OpenGL application using GLSL shaders. Actually, my program just displays a simple cube with a phong lighting effect like below : Here's a peace of the client code : ...
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How many active shaders at one frame in the game (should I typically use)? 5? Or more like 100?

I have a question: how many shaders are usually active at the same time in one scene in modern games? I mean: I know that multiple shaders are being used (switching between them in each frame). And ...
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Should I use different input layout for meshes (vertices) with and without normal maps?

I'm writing an DirectX11 game. About 60% of my game models (or "of my vertices") have: Position Texture coordinate Some of them use: Position Texture coordinate Normals And few of them: ...
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Diffuse Mapping in a Game

I want to figure out the diffuse maps of some rusted objects that I plan to render in my game arena. I have taken the images of some sample objects and have also scanned them for a model of the ...
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XNA 4.0 - Strange edges with multilight shader

I am generating a light, a depth and a normalmap to calculate the lightning at each pixel with multiple lights. On both rendertargets, i set the preferredMultiSampleCount parameter to 16 samples ...
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OpenGL 2.0 - Texture animation with 'pixelated' effect

I'm looking for a way to reproduce the effect I've tried to sketch in the image below with OpenGL ES 2.0. The idea is to let a drop of color fall over a cube which get filled with a kind of ...
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Gamma Space and Linear Space with Shader

I am using Unity and I can choose between two color space mode in the settings: Gamma or Linear Space. I am trying to build a Custom Lighting Surface shader but I am facing some problems with those ...
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gl_VertexID values when calling glDrawElements

I am struggling a bit to understand the values that gl_VertexID primitive contains when the vertex shader is executed. I have the standard modern rendering pipeline, in which after setting up ...
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Theoretically, If GPUs were equipped with faster memory access, how would that impact game development? [closed]

According to NVIDIA memory access time will no longer cost a noticeable overhead. Regardless if it's true or not, I would like to know: How it would affect games in practice? How will it translate ...
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Unity's pack 4 floats

Linked to: GLSL pack floats into an RGBA texture I found EncodeFloatRGBA/DecodeFloatRGBA shader functions in Unity https://gist.github.com/hecomi/9580605 Now I try to figure out how they work. So I ...
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GLSL: can i use matrix transformation functions in vertex shader?

I have a working OpenGL code where i render a terrain with some trees. I am doing all the matrix mathematics on the client side. Because of which the frame rate of my app is very low, around 25-30 ...
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Directx 11: emulating palette swapping with shader 5.0 and c++

i'm trying to swapping the colors using a texture as index and a second one as palette. Here is the full listing of the code: #include <windows.h> #include <windowsx.h> #include ...
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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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bug in webgl phong shader: lighting rotates with object

I'm working on a simple phong shader in webgl, and I think I'm getting close but something is still wrong. Dead give away: if I have a billboard and have it roll (so it spins like a wheel), the part ...
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How necessary are shader coders? [closed]

I know that gameplay mechanics programmers, either directly working with source or with scripting are needed, however there are so many shaders written already that I would imagine you could find ...
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Bilinear filter in repeating texture, HLSL

I have a repeating texture that I'm using as a scroll surface. The idea is that as I pan the surface I adjust the texture coordinates, filling in what gets wrapped on the right as it disappears from ...
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Alpha Blending: use the pixel with the smallest alpha

I'm writing a transparency shader where I need any intersecting textures to, wherever they overlap, take the texture pixel with the smallest alpha value and render only that, discarding the other ...
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Possible to create transparency shader which doesn't stack alpha values

The image above best demonstrates what I'm trying to achieve. It's a transparent shader for objects, but wherever the objects with this shader intersect they don't add together but simply merge with ...
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SpotLight in ForwardBase pass using forward rendering

Is there anyway I can force Unity to allow me using a custom shader to render spotlights in a ForwardBase pass (using Forward Rendering Path)? For what I could see since now: Unity use and ...
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Does GLSL copy function arguments by value?

My question is about passing variables to GLSL shader. I'm not sure how that works and what are the performance implications. Say I got a function that accepts a "vec4" variable. The question is - is ...