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Learn Three.js - Fourth Edition

By : Jos Dirksen
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Book Image

Learn Three.js - Fourth Edition

5 (1)
By: Jos Dirksen

Overview of this book

Three.js has become the industry standard for creating stunning 3D WebGL content. In this edition, you’ll learn about all the features of Three.js and understand how to integrate it with the newest physics engines. You'll also develop a strong grip on creating and animating immersive 3D scenes directly in your browser, reaping the full potential of WebGL and modern browsers. The book starts with the basic concepts and building blocks used in Three.js and helps you explore these essential topics in detail through extensive examples and code samples. You'll learn how to create realistic-looking 3D objects using textures and materials and how to load existing models from an external source. Next, you'll understand how to control the camera using the Three.js built-in camera controls, which will enable you to fly or walk around the 3D scene you've created. Later chapters will cover the use of HTML5 video and canvas elements as materials for your 3D objects to animate your models. You’ll learn how to use morph targets and skeleton-based animation, before understanding how to add physics, such as gravity and collision detection, to your scene. Finally, you’ll master combining Blender with Three.js and creating VR and AR scenes. By the end of this book, you'll be well-equipped to create 3D-animated graphics using Three.js.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Up and Running
Part 2: Working with the Three.js Core Components
Chapter 5: Learning to Work with Geometries
Part 3: Particle Clouds, Loading and Animating Models
Part 4: Post-Processing, Physics, and Sounds

Using THREE.ShaderPass for custom effects

With THREE.ShaderPass, we can apply a large number of additional effects to our scene by passing in a custom shader. Three.js comes with a set of shaders that can be used together with this THREE.ShaderPass. They will be listed in this section. We’ve divided this section into three parts.

The first set involves simple shaders. All of these shaders can be viewed and configured by opening up the shaderpass-simple.html example:

  • BleachBypassShader: This creates a bleach bypass effect. With this effect, a silver-like overlay will be applied to the image.
  • BlendShader: This isn’t a shader that you apply as a single postprocessing step, but it allows you to blend two textures together. You can, for instance, use this shader to smoothly blend the rendering of one scene into another (not shown in shaderpass-simple.html).
  • BrightnessContrastShader: This allows you to change the brightness and contrast of an image.
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