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

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Spell Effects/Shaders

I want to be able to achieve spell effects that cause a fragmenting/discoloring effect on the sprite. The first couple seconds of this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNCFh7mkvuc shows what I ...
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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 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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Is it possible to load shader files from a DLL?

I have a few HLSL files that I'd like to add into a DLL project so that I don't have to keep adding these same shader files into a new Content project every time I want to use them. Is this possible, ...
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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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shader tutorial for unity

I would like to start developing my own shaders within unity. For starters I would like to do a screen spaced blur. Are there any good tutorials to learn shader development besides the official ...
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Improving the efficiency of my bloom/glow shader

I'm making a neon style game where everything is glowing but the glow I have is kinda small and I want to know if there's an efficient way to increase the size of it other than increasing the pixel ...
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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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Huge 2d pixelized world

I would like to make a game field in a indie-strategic 2d game to be some a-like this popular picture. So every "pixel"(blocks) changes it's color slowly, sometimes a bright color wave happens, etc, ...
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Adding a simple mix() destroys the framerate

I have a very simple shader and added linear fog via mix like this: finalColor = mix(finalColor, vec3(0.5, 0.8, 0.95), vUVoutAndViewZ.z); Note that the view Z distance is in the variable that also ...
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What is a good alternative to Unified Shader for Shadows?

Most shadow systems I have seen use a unified shader system for shadowing techniques, resulting in an uber shader for the projects. What alternatives do you find work well or is the unified shader ...
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Partial Shader Signatures HLSL D3D11 C++

I had been debugging a problem I was having in a single shader file with 2 functions in it. I'm using DirectX 11, vs_5_0 and ps_5_0. I have stripped it down to its basic components to understand what ...
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Using a GLSL fragment shader to draw a texture in the middle of a quad

I'm not sure how possible this is, but I'm trying to use a fragment shader to draw a portion of a texture in the middle of a quad. This is all 2D. The quads consist of four vertices from (0, 0) to ...
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How to manage shaders?

I've done some shader programming some time ago but only simple stuff. I'm especially interested in how do you manage shaders? Do you just write one of each kind, or do you need more of them? If so, ...
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Looking for an example of glass with XNA or DirectX 9

Any good pointers on how to get the refractive look of glass? I'm looking to create a think piece of glass type of look, sort of the type that you'd have on bathroom shower doors.
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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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Casting a shadow over a whole scene with GLSL in 2D?

I'm making a (non-isometric) side scrolling 2D game and I want each fragment that I draw to cast a small drop shadow when it is near another object. What sort of algorithms are used in fragment ...
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gl_PointCoord always zero

I am trying to draw point sprites in OpenGL with a shader but gl_PointCoord is always zero. Here is my code Setup: //Shader creation..(includes glBindAttribLocation(program, ATTRIB_P, "p");) ...
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Different number of lights => different shader

I have a shader that computes lighting for each light. PointLight PointLights[10]; uniform const float NumPointLights; for(int i = 0; i < NumPointLights; i++) { lightVec = ...
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What does the term 'photorealistic' really mean?

I was wondering about the term 'photorealistic' in regards to rendering and was wondering how this is used. Is it used to describe a shader (or set of) that have certain quantifiable features? Or any ...
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What happened to .fx files in D3D11?

It seems they completely ruined .fx file loading / parsing in D3D11. In D3D9, loading an entire effect file was D3DXCreateEffectFromFile( .. ), and you got a ID3DXEffect9, which had great methods ...
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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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How is this glowing with colors radiating outward 2D effect accomplished?

I'm currently totally at a loss as to how this effect is done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp8MHUNp7Cg The glowing on the ship and the changing color. I want to do this effect in XNA 4.0 any ...
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Finding out what pixel on the screen the fragment falls on

In my 2D game, I render tiles. I want to do lighting without needing an extra buffer the size of the screen. Either in glsl or hlsl, what could I feed to the shader each time I render a bitmap so ...
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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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Which are the most futureproof languages for graphics (shader) programming?

I have written some GLSL and Cg shaders a couple years back. I am starting another graphics engine project and I want to choose my technologies carefully so that my code will be accessible years down ...
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HLSL Circle all white

I have been trying to get my shader code (HLSL) to draw a simple circle but after a day and a half I am getting nowhere. It seems people are using the x^2 + y^2 = r^2 and remap texcoords but I only ...
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Should the modelview and projection matrices be calculated in the shader or on the CPU?

At minimum I would have a camera with rotation and world position; projections parameters such as angle of view and perspective vs. orthographic; and meshes with scale, angle, and world position. ...
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Vertex Shader Fundamental Workings

I understand that water ripples (e.g. stone thrown into a pond) are often handled with vertex shaders. My first question is: are the ripples nothing more than an algorithm that is the function of ...
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What range of values can HLSL's tex2D function return?

When using the tex2d function in a HLSL shader, as so: float height = tex2D(heightMap, IN.texCoord).r; What range of values can be returned to the height variable? Is it always a number between ...
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Geometry shader for multiple primitives

How can I create a geometry shader that can handle multiple primitives? For example when creating a geometry shader for triangles, I define a layout like so: layout(triangles) in; ...
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Custom shadow mapping in Unity 3D Free Edition

Since real time hard and soft shadows are Unity 3D Pro only features I thought I will learn Cg programming and create my own shadow mapping shader. But after some digging I found that the shadow ...
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GLSL shader without a vertex array

Ok so I have a idea for a neat GPU driven curve renderer, and I realised that the vertex shader can be hardwired to generate points of the curve segment (to be rendered as a line strip) without ...
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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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XNA shader compiler error in release mode

I'm having a hard time figuring out if I'm doing something wrong, or if there is a bug with Visual Studio. I want to pass a float into my pixel shader, clamp it to a value, and then return it as part ...
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Multipass shaders and switching between passes

As mentioned here Effects should be avoided in DX11. If I understand correctly, that includes techniques and passes defined in *.FX files. So when doing a multipass shader (like the always-mentioned ...
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ConsumeStructuredBuffer, what am I doing wrong?

I'm trying to implement the 3rd exercise in chapter 12 of Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 11, that is: Implement a Compute Shader to calculate the length of 64 vectors. Previous ...
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Dealing with alpha for 2D per pixel lighting

Right now I've got a simple light shader. Every bitmap I draw goes through it to make up the scene. I only draw quads. texture tex; sampler2D s = sampler_state { texture = <tex>; ...
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Can anyone recommend a 3D model viewer with shading? [closed]

I am looking for a simple real-time OpenGL based render engine to show a 3D model on screen. I prefer using 3DS Max's 'shader' materials (real-time materials) for editing. Do you know any good ...
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OpenGL equivalent of .fx files in GLSL or Cg?

There's a lot of learning material in the DirectX world that uses .fx files to manage shaders, and .fx seems to be well integrated with 3D packages such as Maya and 3D Studio Max What do larger ...
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How do I send multiple matrices to a vertex shader?

I'm practising animations using bones/skinning. I am trying to send the shader one matrix per vertex. I can think of these two approaches. Method 1 I have one uniform handle for each bone matrix ...
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How can I optimize a parallax effect consisting of multiple transparent layers?

I have a parallax effect in MonoGame consisting of multiple semi-transparent layers of textures. The effect is simple, but rendering multiple transparent layers on top of each other is rather slow. ...
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Performance of pixel shaders vs. SpriteBatch: XNA

Precondition: I read this question/answer about using shaders, or spritebatch, to render and mark a sprite. I need to do something like that. I also have a 2D lighting PoC which I need to write. The ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I test shaders for nVidia on an ATi system?

I and our other devs have ATi graphics cards. However we have encountered that some shaders that compile without warnings on ATi don't compile at all on nVidia. The problems are trivial to fix, but ...
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Does Unity's “Transparent Bumped Specular” translate to “semi-shiny must be semi-transparent”?

Unity's documentation for the "Transparent Bumped Specular" shader/material-type is simply a concatenation of each of the descriptions for its Transparent and Specular Shaders (and also Bumped, but ...
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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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Optimising the modelview transformation in GLSL for 2D

So, the standard way to transform vertices and then pass to the fragment shader in GLSL is something like this: uniform mat4 u_modelview; attribute vec4 a_position; void main() { gl_Position = ...
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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 ...