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Shader X5 Advanced Rendering Techniques is the newest volume in this cutting-edge, indispensable series for game and graphics programmers. This all new volume is packed with articles covering state-of-the-art shader techniques and tools written by programming professionals from around the world. These authors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, and each section is edited by an industry expert to ensure the highest quality and usefulness! The collection is broken into nine comprehensive sections. The geometry section covers improved N-Patches, how to generate dynamic wrinkles on animated meshes and much more. In the rendering section you'll discover how to generate a tangent space ordinate system in the pixel shader, how to setup an area light for games, and a variety of other techniques. Practical and useful multi-frustum shadow maps like Cascaded Shadow Maps and Queried Virtual Shadow maps are covered in the shadow section. The environmental techniques section features the beautiful volume particle approaches: Rain and Godrays under water. The global illumination section covers techniques that should work in next-gen games. The new mobile section lays out the basics of shader driven next-gen mobile development and some advanced effects tailored to the devices. Many shader-relevant engine design decisions are covered in the 3D Engine Design section. It also deals with post-processing effects, how to design shader plugins, and how to bind shader data. The Beyond Pixels and Triangles section covers a printf for the pixel shader, random number generator on the GPU, and many more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584504993
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/14/2006
  • Series: Shaderx Ser.
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Wolfgang is working in Rockstar's core technology group as the lead graphics programmer. He is the editor of the ShaderX books, the author of several other books and loves to talk about graphics programming. He is also a MVP DirectX since July 2006 and active in several advisory boards in the industry.
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Table of Contents


Section 1: Geometry Manipulation Tricks Section 2: Rendering Techniques Section 3: Software Shaders and Shader Programming Tips Section 4: Image Space Section 5: Shadows Section 6: 3D Engine Design Section 7: Tools Appendix: About the CD-ROM Index
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