Working with sprite maps
At the beginning of this chapter, we used a
THREE.Sprite object to render single points. These sprites were positioned somewhere in the 3D world, and their size was based on the distance from the camera (this is also sometimes called billboarding). In this section, we’ll show an alternative use of the
THREE.Sprite object: we’ll show you how you can use
THREE.Sprite to create a layer similar to a HUD for your 3D content using an extra
THREE.OrthographicCamera instance and an additional
THREE.Scene. We will also show you how to select the image for a
THREE.Sprite object using a sprite map.
As an example, we’re going to create a simple
THREE.Sprite object that moves from left to right over the screen. In the background, we’ll render a 3D scene with a camera, which you can move to illustrate that the
THREE.Sprite object moves independently of the camera. The following screenshot shows what we’ll be creating for the first example...