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Is the series of books “GPU Gems” still good for a modern OpenGL 3.0+ approach?

I noticed that this series of free books from Nvidia is really popular and well know in the devs world, the problem is that is simply old; you would recommend to read those 3 books to a developer that ...
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Complex shading using one single (small) texture

Recently I stumbled upon a demo reel in UDK about how one can attain beautiful results using just one (rather tiny) texture that's being sent to the shader pipeline. The famous link is this one. ...
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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 does my PixelShader ignore color but respond to alpha changes?

I started teaching myself some DirectX a short time ago and found something I'm confused about. For some reason, I can only get the color of the model I'm drawing to vary between black and white, ...
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When are HLSL literals taken as a float and integer?

float2 uv = float2(fX % 1, fY % 1) * 1/16; In the above example 1/16 is treated as a float, multiplying the float2 by 0.0625, but in: float2 uv = float2(fX % 1, fY % 1) * 1/16 + float2(1/16,0); ...
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Opengl shader questions

I'm currently building a shader that takes a 2D texture sampler and uses UV coordinates to map it. This works fine for all textured objects. However, I'm having a bit of a problem as I'm trying to ...
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How do I render a filled and stroked path using OpenGL?

I want to render a 2-dimensional geometric path consisting of Bézier curves and straight lines. Paths can be concave. What is the most efficient way to draw this using modern OpenGL? Can I do this ...
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Why are some objects not rendering properly?

Here's a button I exported from Blender into a .x format: Now here it is in the game with BasicEffect applied to everything: And now with my custom shader: And there's the problem. While the ...
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How do I make a more or less realistic water surface?

I want to make a similar water surface like in this picture: I need the water surface in the same view than in the picture. Is it possible to work without shaders? I want to develop a little game ...
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Which will be faster? Switching shaders or ignore that some cases don't need full code?

I have two types of 2d objects: In first case (for about 70% of objects), I need that code in the shader: float2 texCoord = input.TexCoord + textureCoord.xy But in the second case I have to use: ...
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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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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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Multiple pixel shader passes

I currently have a pixel shader that calculates the texture and I have another that calculates the light. I want another shader that does both. What I would ideally like to do is instead of creating a ...
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Are buffers in OpenGL associated with GLSL programs?

I have two different shader programs in my OpenGL code. 1- renders simple font using freetype 2- simple shader which draw primitive shapes. I sent both of them some data using buffers, I understood ...
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Messed up UVs in Unity3D for Android

All of my quads appear correctly textured on the Unity3D editor, a Motorola Xoom Android tablet, and on an iPad 2: But on our Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 smartphone they kinda look like this: I wrote ...
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How are vertex shader outs sent as inputs to the fragment shader?

I'm learning some OpenGL 3.2 way of doing things and I think it's quite great, I'm actually understanding more of shaders and non-fixed pipeline in 1 week rather than those 2 years I tried to learn ...
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cocos2d mask rotation

I've been experimenting with Ray Wenderlich's tutorial about masking sprite using shaders with cocos2D 2.0. It works pretty well but now I'd like to rotate the mask independently of the masked ...
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Monogame/SharpDX - Shader parameters missing

I am currently working on a simple game that I am building in Windows 8 using MonoGame (develop3d). I am using some shader code from a tutorial (made by Charles Humphrey) and having an issue ...
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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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WebGL geometry calculations

I have a dynamic surface in WebGL, that is animated in vertex shader. I want other objects to interact with this surface (for example, an object riding on dynamic terrain). What's the best way to do ...
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How'd they do it: TF2 payload cart glow?

How did the creators of TF2 make the glow on the payload cart visible through walls? Is it possible to implement this in Unity's shaderlab?
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OpenGL ES Basic Fragment Shader help with transparency

I have just spent my first half hour playing with the shader language. I have modified the basic program I have which renders the texture, to allow me to colour the texture. varying vec2 texCoord; ...
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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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Using normals in DirectX 10

I've got a working OBJ loader that loads vertices, indices, texture coordinates, and normals. As of right now it doesn't process texture coordinates or normals but it stores them in arrays and creates ...
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Is multipass rendering possible with SpriteBatch?

I'm trying to implement a bloom effect. This requires three shader passes: a brightness threshold, a horizontal blur, and a vertical blur. It also requires resizes, but these are irrelevant to the ...
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Shadow mapping does not work correctly using GLSL shaders

I'm a beginner in shadow mapping. I have in my scene two meshes : a cube and a floor. The scene is lighted by a single point light. Here's for the following display the light properties : ...
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How do I create a manual object with colors for each vertex?

How do I create a shaded manual object with colours for each vertex? Eg if ogreObj is the Ogre::ManualObject : ogreObj->begin("BaseWhiteNoLighting", Ogre::RenderOperation::OT_TRIANGLE_LIST); ...
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How to categorize textures into atlases

I am going to use texture atlasing for the first time in my games, and at first it seemed like a great idea to split textures into atlases by categorizing them by terrain themes e.g ForestTextures, ...
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Directional light shader not behaving as expected

I coded my first glsl shader which manage diffuse and specular effects of a directional light. This is the fragment shader. #version 120 //matrix uniform mat4 model_matrix; //directional light ...
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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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2D water shader similar to Limbo's effect

I'm wondering how I would go about creating a 2D water shader that is seen in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phChFfi4GOs The water effect that limbo uses is pretty awesome. I'm not so ...
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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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Switching to a vertex shader

TL;DR I need to switch from a vertex array passed to the pixel shader with a real vertex shader approach. In my prototype, the terrain is procedurally generated and I have the following result: ...
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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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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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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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How to make a gaussian blur effect in UDK

I want to make a plane shape (surface) that have a gaussian blur applied to it and this plane is transperant, so all objects behind it looks like they are having a gaussian blur effect.
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Spritebatch Vertex shader world matrix change after each draw

I have a spritebatch where I draw some textures transformed in 3d space. The easy way was just Begin with the transformation matrix, draw, and end it right after. But that is silly, so I'm trying ...
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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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Jet engine exhaust shader [closed]

How would I create a jet engine exhaust effect, as shown in the image from Fzero GX below. GLSL and OpenGL examples/solutions are prefered, though other resources are also welcome. Requirements ...
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Outlining external edges on a complex shape made of cubes?

A gallery of my problem can be found here. I had to do it this way as it won't let me post more than 2 links due to my reputation. I'm trying to use 3D cubes to generate an isometric cube world. I ...
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SSAO Distortion [closed]

I'm currently (attempting) to add SSAO to my engine, except it's...not really work, to say the least. I use a deferred renderer to render my scene. I have four render targets: Albedo, Light, Normal, ...
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Loading custom shader in Monogame [closed]

I have been trying to load this custom FX file into a Monogame project, and everything I try fails. (code taken from http://www.david-gouveia.com/scrolling-textures-with-zoom-and-rotation/) sampler ...
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How to reproduce the 3ds Max Gradient Ramp effect?

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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Sampling from depth texture causes shader to stop working [closed]

I'm currently having issues with depth textures. When I sample from a depth texture it causes my other samplers to fail. For example, when I set gl_FragColor manually the depth buffer is correct. I ...
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Screen effects and antialiasing

I have been working on a game for a while using glut for basic window creation. I was rendering to an offscreen buffer so that I could implement various effects like screen bulging, motion blur, ...
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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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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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Rain effect using DirectX 9 capabilities

Is it possible to achieve something similar to nVidia's rain demo using only shader model 3.0 capabilities? If yes, could you point out a few documents/web resources that are suitable candidates and ...
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What are the factors that determine the default frequency of a shader call?

After i have been played for some days with various vertex and fragments shaders seems clear to me that this programs are called by the GPU at every and each rendering cycle, the problem is that I ...