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Stenciling with the stencil buffer

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Right now I have a part of the GUI in my game render a neat little object in the corner of the screen. the effect I want is that I specify a texture and draw it on a GL_QUAD in the corner of the screen. Wherever that texture's alpha is nonzero then, is where I want to draw the other stuff, so it's like you're looking through an arbitrarily shaped window. Here's my code for defining the stencil shape and then drawing:

// do this every frame I draw the GUI

glClear(GL_STENCIL_BUFFER_BIT);
glColorMask(0,0,0,0);
glEnable(GL_STENCIL_TEST);
glStencilFunc(GL_ALWAYS,1,1);
glStencilOp(GL_KEEP, GL_KEEP, GL_REPLACE);
glEnable(GL_ALPHA_TEST);
glAlphaFunc(GL_GEQUAL,0.1f);

// draw the mask to define where to draw in. This texture defines the stencil shape
glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, theMaskTexture);
glVertexPointer(2, GL_FLOAT, 0, vertexArray);
glTexCoordPointer(2, GL_INT, 0, texCoordArray);
glDrawArrays(GL_QUADS,0,4);
	
// stenciling stuff
glDisable(GL_ALPHA_TEST);
glColorMask(1,1,1,1);
glStencilFunc(GL_EQUAL, 1, 1);
glStencilOp(GL_KEEP, GL_KEEP, GL_KEEP);

// draw the stuff that is only to show in the stenciled area.
drawStuff();

// clean up the stenciling
glDisable(GL_STENCIL_TEST);

However, this code is incredibly slow. Is there a better (faster) way to do this? Am I doing anything wrong?

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u could draw to the windows alpha where u want the stuff to appear + then use a src blend of DST_ALPHA
also GL_INT for texcoords?
personally ild just use a combiner (no dstalpha/stencil required)

eg here
// draw the stuff that is only to show in the stenciled area.
drawStuff();

in glsl something like
glFragColor = glTextureA.w (alpha) * whatever;

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No one have any comments on this? I'm new to the stencil buffer and alpha testing and the like, so I'm not sure If I'm doing this the best way.

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