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

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What techniques make next gen look so realistic [closed]

I have watch several gameplays from upcoming titles for ps4 and xbox one and I must admit that they are breath taking. Of course with new hardware, models will have more polygons and higher texture ...
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OpenGL, fetching the names of all uniform blocks in your program

I want to auto-bind uniform blocks with certain named values to certain binding points when I compile a shader. For example, I have some basic, default fixed binding points that are always used for ...
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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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Direction vector in raycasting

When I read about how to get the direction vector in raycasting, for example on this site: http://www.daimi.au.dk/~trier/?page_id=98 They first render the mesh with front face culling and then with ...
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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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Refractive blur in XNA?

I'm writing a 2D hack-and-slash game using XNA. I really want to implement the blur-like, refractive effect of a sword or such moving really quickly, seen in such games as Dust: An Elysian Tail and ...
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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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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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BlitzMax - generating 2D neon glowing line effect to png file

Originally asked on StackOverflow, but it became tumbleweed. I'm looking to create a glowing line effect in BlitzMax, something like a Star Wars lightsaber or laserbeam. Doesn't have to be realtime, ...
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How do I do selective water surface rendering?

I have a shader that renders the "texture" of a very realistic water on a tile in the 3D world using a Frame Buffer. The problem is that, for example, I only want to render the part that isn't below ...
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Shaders: packing 4 textures into a single RGBA - slower?

I'm experiencing something really strange on an iOS mobile device. I have 4 textures, and after some profiling it seems, that doing four separate grayscale texture reads is faster, than reading the ...
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Why does my Outlined Diffuse 3 shader seem “detached” at a distance?

I'm using the Outlined Diffuse 3 shader from Unity and I'm having a problem with it: the outline looks great when the camera is near the object, but at a distance, it looks detached. From nearby ...
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PCF shadow shader math causing artifacts

For a while now I used PCSS for my shadow technique of choice until I discovered a type of percentage closer filtering. This method creates really smooth shadows and with hopes of improving ...
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Techniques for reducing terrain shader complexity

My terrain shader does quite a bit, but I don't know how to break it up in any way that will reduce my instruction count without removing key features of the terrain. It does the following: ...
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How can I handle the combination of multiple shader effects?

To be able to work efficiently with effects, is there a good way to combine multiple reusable "base" effects to achieve a more complex final result? For example, say I have an effect that handles ...
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Premultiplied Alpha And Alpha Testing

I have a shader that is supposed to work with either alpha blending or alpha testing, but the color values being passed in are premultiplied alpha values. Is there an easy/standard way to have it ...
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OpenGL ES 2.0 - How to batch draw particles that have unique translations, rotations, scales, and alphas?

I've combined all of my vertex data for many particles into a single array. How would I batch draw all of those particles in a manner that preserves their unique translations? Any code examples ...
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XNA 4.0 - Normal mapping shader - strange texture artifacts

I recently started using custom shader. Shader can do diffuse and specular lighting and normal mapping. But normal mapping is causing really ugly artifacts (some sort of pixeling noise) for textures ...
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OpenGL ES 2 shaders for drawing buildings and roads like Google Maps does

I'm trying to create a shader that'll give me an effect similar to what buildings and roads look like on 3D Google Maps. You can see the effect interactively if you enable WebGL at maps.google.com, ...
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How do I use openGL shader to reproduce this Photoshop implementation?

Here are my Photoshop actions: step1 - convert the current image into gray step2 - use the default parameters, as showed in the screenshot step3 - use the 『Hue/Saturation』 to convert the grey ...
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Displaying smooth borders given a coarse grid-based map

I've been messing around with different algorithms trying to make a grid based map look smooth, I have tested with various shader based methods and wrote a few of my own but none of them look right. ...
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GLSL 2D Silhouette

I'm trying to render a silhouette of any entity behind foreground objects to indicate their position to the player. Here's an example of what I want to achieve, from Hyper Light Drifter: From what ...
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How do you add turbulence to a particle system using noise?

I have implemented a basic particle system using transform feedback in openGL, hoping to replicate a dust cloud. I have looked at methods of adding turbulence, such as vortices found here. But they ...
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Faking 2d light using shader (Unity, Shaderlab)

Since the concept was difficult to explain in words for someone who's not quite familiar with shader, I described it in pictures. I'm currently using Unity and it seems Shaderlab is the best choice ...
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Calculate mipmap level in a loop with varying iteration?

How can I calculate the correct mipmap level in a shader? It needs to be used in a loop which runs a variable number of times so the compiler will not allow me to use Sample or the derivative ...
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Material System

I'm designing Material/Shader System (target API DX10+ and may be OpenGL3+, now only DX10). I know, there was a lot of topics about this, but i can't find what i need. I don't want to do some kind of ...
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Geometry shader worldviewprojection

I'm writing a simple geometry shader to create 3D "primitives" in place of a single point. I am performing all of the world-view-projection conversions within the geometry shader after creating the ...
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Where is the Shader Designer in Visual Studio?

I have Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate and I've been trying to access the Shader Designer. I searched through MSDN's text and Channel9's videos, but they keep failing to mention how to access it. Can ...
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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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Phone complains that identical GLSL struct definition differs in vert/frag programs

When I provide the following struct definition in linked frag and vert shaders, my phone (Samsung Vibrant / Android 2.2) complains that the definition differs. struct Light { mediump vec3 ...
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How to do Chromatic Aberration on a transparent background?

I have a problem with a chromatic aberration shader effect... If I produce the effect on a white background I get exactly what I want: But if I do the same effect on a transparent background I get ...
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How to reproduce the 3ds Max Gradient Ramp effect? [closed]

The material definition of a mesh is composed of these three components: Self-Illumunation, Refletcion and Refraction. Each of these components has a Gradient Ramp as a map and the mapping mode is set ...
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Real time reflections [closed]

I just had a quick look at the new Crysis 2 DX11 update, and was quite surprised by some of the new features, especially the real time reflections on moving models. From what I could gather, there are ...
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Unity - Water Cube (to 2D game)

I wonder if you can create a cube of water within the unity! I'm starting to use the Unity, and took a sought as to whether there was already something like this ... but have not found any tutorial ...
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When is the Z coordinate normalized in GLSL?

I thought that whenever you transform an object to world space, then view space and finally screen space, the last matrix you apply(the projection matrix) normalizes the z values between 0 and 1. ...
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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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I want to render some surfaces in GLSL with normal maps, and some without

I have normal mapping working in my game, but I want to only use normal mapping for some surfaces, and not others. Right now, as far as I can tell, my shader is applying an incorrect normal of (0, 0, ...
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How to achieve animated glow

I am trying to achieve something I've seen numerous times, but I don't know where to start from. I've come across numerous old effects, which I can't recreate. The said effects are the glow animations ...
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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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2d metaballs with shader to give blobs of water effect?

I want to simulate blobs of water in a 2d game in Unity3d. One possible way of doing it is to use 3d metaballs moving in a 2d plane though this is very processor intensive. Do you think it would be ...
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Multiple Textures in Shader?

I have this (pseudo) code: unsigned int TextureLoc = glGetUniformLocation(programID, "objectTexture"); for(int i = 0; i < object->texturesCount; i++) { glActivateTexture(GL_TEXTURE0); ...
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Low-level GPU code and Shader Compilation

Bear with me, because I will raise several questions at once. I still feel, though, that overall this can be treated as one question that may be answered succinctly. I recently dove into solidifying ...
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Learning OpenGL GLSL - VAO buffer problems?

I've just started digging through OpenGL and GLSL, and now stumbled on something I can't get my head around this one!? I've stepped back to loading a simple cube and using a simple shader on it, but ...
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If-clause in GLSL

I read a few thing about, that in GLSL both sides of the if-clause is executed, so do you have any idea for a workaround for this one: uniform int uses_bones; uniform mat4[] bone_transformations; ...
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How to share values between different shader programs?

I am using Unity but this might concerns all type of shaders. I would like to know if this is possible to share values between different shader pass.Let's imagine that I am computing something in the ...
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How can I determine the extreme color values in a texture?

I am looking for a way to determine the most extreme color values for all of the texels in a texture. So for a texture consisting only of black and white texels, the extreme values should be (0,0,0) ...
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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 ...
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Matrix in constant buffer on the GPU contains NaNs but not on the CPU

I've got a shader with the following constant buffer: cbuffer ShaderParameters { matrix inverseViewProjectionMatrix; float4 cameraPosition; }; When using Visual Studio 2012's graphic ...
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implementing multi pass rendering in a game engine

I have done multi pass rendering before and understand how it works. I did a simple example which rendered a basic scene with shadows. This was all done in one file. Now I am trying to figure out is ...
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Can't update DirectX11 shader constant buffer [closed]

Alright, I'm currently making the transition from DirectX 10 to DirectX 11 (with very little help from the MSDN documention) and recently ran into a snag with updating a shader's constant buffer. My ...