Shadow mapping is a process by which shadows are added in 3D graphics scenes.

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Why is shadow mapping the standard?

Though I am a programmer by trade, I have barely touched game development at all. I've had this question for some time, and now that I'm looking into game development I thought it would be a good time ...
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Shadow map artifacts

I want to try adding shadows to a 3D XNA game. I've set up some testing environment with one light and one camera. However, I'm running into artifacts with my approach. I'm using the shader code from ...
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Shadow Mapping and Transparent Quads

Shadow mapping uses the depth buffer to calculate where shadows should be drawn. My problem is that I'd like some semi transparent textured quads to cast shadows - for example billboarded trees. As ...
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Dual paraboloid point light shadows in deferred lighting setup

I've been playing around with this tutorial/sample code that demonstrates a simple implementation of light-pre-pass, which is a type of deferred lighting setup. I'm in the process of implementing ...
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First time shadow mapping problems

I have implemented basic shadow mapping for the first time in OpenGL using shaders and I'm facing some problems. Below you can see an example of my rendered scene: The process of the shadow mapping ...
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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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Shadowmap granularity

I thought that we could re-use the same shadowmap for every light. But I've seen an industry article suggesting that you can't re-use shadowmaps between lights, and have to use separate surfaces. Do ...
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Blurring point light variance shadow map

I've been working on implementing variance shadow mapping for my game. I was able to get a spot light working with variance shadow mapping with a gaussian blur applied to the shadow map to reduce the ...
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Point Light Soft Shadows

How to implement soft shadows for omni directional (point) light. We use typical shadow mapping technique. Depth is rendered to texture cube and addresing is pretty simple then. Just using vector from ...
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Variance shadow maps don't want to render properly

I've implemented VSM (and also ESM) in my engine but results are for me not as I expected and saw in many examples published on network. I set filtering of shadow maps to GL_LINEAR but when I compare ...
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Exponential Variance Shadow Mapping - implementation

I use a variance shadow mapping with a "standard" light bleeding fix in my graphics engine which is based on deferred rendering.. I have a single shadow map for a directional light beacause a test ...
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Need help with Shadows

I have started to develop an engine over on Codeplex but my shadows are not working correctly. I have been working for a week on it and can't figure out what is going wrong. I will be putting a 200 ...
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unity 5 how to get a shadowmap

I'm writing a custom shader in unity 5 that requires a shadowmap (not just for drawing shadows but also for different computations involving scattering particles through fog). Does anybody know how to ...
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How can I compensate for camera rotation changing PCSS penumbras?

I am implementing PCSS and I am using a directional light. The directional light volume is clamped to the camera frustum (as is typical with directional lights). So when the camera rotates, the ...
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Shadowmap first phase and shaders

I am using OpenGL 3.3 and am tryin to implement shadow mapping using cube maps. I have a framebuffer with a depth attachment and a cube map texture. My question is how to design the shaders for the ...
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OpenGL lighting with dynamic geometry

I'm currently thinking hard about how to implement lighting in my game. The geometry is quite dynamic (fixed 3D grid with custom geometry in each cell) and needs some light to get more depth and in ...
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Only one object rendered to FBO for Shadow Map

I've been playing around with rendering shadow maps using FBOs in OpenGL. I set up a simple directional light in my engine and managed to get a shadow map rendered. My Scene is a big castle and 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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C++ OpenGL ShadowMap Issue/Artifacts

I am currently implementing basic shadow mapping in my C++ Custom Engine using GLSL 4.10. It is currently working with basic PCF anti-aliasing and very minimal reduction for unwanted artifacts. Here ...
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Shadow artifacts caused by filtering

I'm working on a shadow-mapping implementation for an OpenGLES 2.0 environment (Stage3D in Flash to be exact). This is how my current implementation works: Render the scene to backbuffer. Render ...
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Can't find the solution to the “shadow acne” problem

This is how it looks now: This is the code that generate the shadow matrix an shaders source: void shadow::calculateShadowMatrixFromLightPointOfView(vector3f lightPosition, vector3f ...
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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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Shadow mapping: what is the light looking at?

I'm all set to set up shadow mapping in my 3d engine but there is one thing I am struggling to understand. The scene needs to be rendered from the light's point of view so I simply first move my ...
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Deferred rendering with VSM - Scaling light depth loses moments

I'm calculating my shadow term using a VSM method. This works correctly when using forward rendered lights but fails with deferred lights. // Shadow term (1 = no shadow) float shadow = 1; // [Light ...
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OpenGL Shadow Mapping from directional light [closed]

I have read this tutorial: http://www.opengl-tutorial.org/intermediate-tutorials/tutorial-16-shadow-mapping/ I wonder, is this the current best technique for generating shadows in an arbitrary 3D ...
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How do I fit the camera frustum inside directional light space?

I'm trying to improve the coverage of a shadow map for a directional light. Currently, it works great if the camera is looking straight down. However, if the camera is close to the ground and looking ...
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Shadow mapping with directional light?

I'm doing shadow mapping in my OpenGL 4.3 deferred renderer, and I'm starting with directional lights believing it to be the easiest. What I do not understand is how the view projection matrix is to ...
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Shadow mapping. I don't understand what to do after creating the depth texture

I'm taking an intro to computer graphics course, so this is something we haven't touched on. I am reading this tutorial ...
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Issues with depth calculation in HLSL shader

I'm currently trying to implement shadow maps in my graphics framework. I ran into an issue with depth calculations I wasn't able to solve myself (yet). I did a lot of testing and debugging and think ...
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Compare world space distance to shadow map depth

I am rendering shadow maps to cubemaps (just rendering raw depth buffer) then projecting them to the scene to do omni-directional shadow mapping. The cubemap is sampled by the light direction vector ...
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First-Time GLSL Shadow Mapping Problems [closed]

I'm working on building out a 2.5D engine and having massive problems getting my shadows working. I'm at a point where I'm VERY close. So, let's see a picture to see what I have: As you can see ...
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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 do I align the cube in which shadows are computed with the view frustrum? (“View Space aligned frustum”)

Short and concise: Given 8 world space positions that form a cube of arbitrary size, position and orientation and given an arbitrary light direction. How do I compute the View and Projection matrix ...
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Slope scaled depth bias with normal maps

I'm using a slope scaled depth bias to reduce shadow acne with shadow maps. However, it's causing artifacts when used with normal mapped surfaces because the bias varies over the surface, where it ...
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Shadowmapping theory question

I think im on good way to grasp the complete concept of simple hard-edged shadowmapping! The thing i find the hardest to grasp though is about the individual shadow-render for each light... Since the ...
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Reflection and shadows in OpenGL

I'd like to implement shadows and reflective surfaces in my OpenGL app. I already have ideas which I will provide below. But I would like to ask someone more experienced than me before I put too much ...
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Shadow mapping with deffered shading for directional lights - shadow map projection problem

I'm trying to implement shadow mapping to my engine. I started with directional lights because they seemed to be the easiest one, but I was wrong :) I have implemented deferred shading and I retrieve ...
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Rendering lightmaps at runtime

I'm creating a procedural terrain system for Unity. And I'm looking for ways to efficiently cast self-shadows on it. If it wasn't procedural, I could simply bake a lightmap using Beast. But, I can't ...
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The math behind Variance Shadow Maps - moments

I am not asking how to implement them (that's not particularly difficult), but I'm having a bit of trouble understanding why the moments used in Chebyshev's inequality (indirectly) are equal to the ...
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How to transform a shadow map to camera view?

I'm making a rendering engine as a hobby to learn more about 3D. I have a deferred renderer with the G-buffer (color, normal and depth). I also have a lighting controller that uses only spotlights at ...
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Omni-directional shadow mapping

What is a good/the best way to fill a cube map with depth values that are going to give me the least amount of trouble with floating point imprecision? To get up and running I'm just writing the raw ...
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How to attach a framebuffer to a whole cube map from a GL_TEXTURE_CUBE_MAP_ARRAY?

I'm trying to make shadow cube maps in an array. I want to draw each shadow map with a single pass using a geometry shader, which I read about here: ...
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Why does my simple OpenGL shadow map fail?

I want to render a simple shadow map for grass, where closer looks brighter and further looks darker, from the view of the light point. I can't get it to work. Here is the relevant code: //setting ...
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Failing to move exponential depth term to depth shader in exponential shadow mapping

I'm playing around in my little toy project to see if I can understand how exponential shadow mapping works. To begin, I have the following two fragment shaders: Light depth texture shader ...
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Shadow Map field-of-view

I'm implementing a shadow map algorithm with a spotlight (a spotlight that always "looks" at a given object). My issue is that for some configuration, part of the object the light is "looking at" is ...
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Calculating shadowmap coordinates for cubemap in shading pass?

I'm trying to implement shadow mapping with cube maps. I believe I've done the first stage by filling the cube map, but for the final shading pass I am unsure how to exactly calculate the cubemap ...
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Use depth bias for shadows in deferred shading

We are building a deferred shading engine and we have a problem with shadows. To add shadows we use two maps: the first one stores the depth of the scene captured by the player's camera and the ...
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Cascaded Shadow Maps: clipping against scene bounds

I just implemented an initial version of CSMs based on the MSDN articles Common Techniques to Improve Shadow Depth Maps and Cascaded Shadow Maps. I fit the shadow projection to the view frustum, and ...
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Jagged light bleeding where surface is roughly parallel to shadow mapping light direction

I am using Unity but this question might not be proper to this engine. I have projected the shadow map onto this sphere but there are grazing shadows. Is it possible to avoid it or to correct it as I ...
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Virtual infinite plane in shadow map

I have a WebGL deferred rendering pipeline, where I'm rendering shadow map with VSM technique. The goal is that the scene, or model, is hovering in space, and in addition to casting shadow on itself, ...