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OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook - Second Edition

By : David Wolff
Book Image

OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook - Second Edition

By: David Wolff

Overview of this book

OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL) is a programming language used for customizing parts of the OpenGL graphics pipeline that were formerly fixed-function, and are executed directly on the GPU. It provides programmers with unprecedented flexibility for implementing effects and optimizations utilizing the power of modern GPUs. With Version 4, the language has been further refined to provide programmers with greater power and flexibility, with new stages such as tessellation and compute. OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook provides easy-to-follow examples that first walk you through the theory and background behind each technique, and then go on to provide and explain the GLSL and OpenGL code needed to implement it. Beginner level through to advanced techniques are presented including topics such as texturing, screen-space techniques, lighting, shading, tessellation shaders, geometry shaders, compute shaders, and shadows. OpenGL Shading Language 4 Cookbook is a practical guide that takes you from the fundamentals of programming with modern GLSL and OpenGL, through to advanced techniques. The recipes build upon each other and take you quickly from novice to advanced level code. You'll see essential lighting and shading techniques; examples that demonstrate how to make use of textures for a wide variety of effects and as part of other techniques; examples of screen-space techniques including HDR rendering, bloom, and blur; shadowing techniques; tessellation, geometry, and compute shaders; how to use noise effectively; and animation with particle systems. OpenGL Shading Language 4 Cookbook provides examples of modern shading techniques that can be used as a starting point for programmers to expand upon to produce modern, interactive, 3D computer graphics applications.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
OpenGL 4 Shading Language Cookbook Second Edition
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Drawing silhouette lines using the geometry shader

When a cartoon or hand-drawn effect is desired, we often want to draw black outlines around the edges of a model and along ridges or creases (silhouette lines). In this recipe, we'll discuss one technique for doing this using the geometry shader, to produce the additional geometry for the silhouette lines. The geometry shader will approximate these lines by generating small, skinny quads aligned with the edges that make up the silhouette of the object.

The following figure shows the ogre mesh with black silhouette lines generated by the geometry shader. The lines are made up of small quads that are aligned with certain mesh edges.

The technique shown in this recipe is based on a technique published in a recent blog post by Philip Rideout ( His implementation uses two passes (base geometry and silhouette), and includes many optimizations, such as anti-aliasing and custom depth testing (with g-buffers). To keep things...