# Problem with Reflections and Alpha Blending

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Hey everyone, sorry to be asking questions straight out of the traps, but i am a bit stumped at the moment. Aaaanyway I'm writing a small program all it does is display the Dwarf.x mesh that comes with DirectX. The dwarf is displayed infront of a mirror and cast a shadow on the floor. Next i decided to add rotation to the Dwarf, and this is where the problem starts, somehow i've managed to set the alpha blending in such a way that when the dwarf rotates, he becomes transparent on his 'front' [that is to say, his chest area] This might help clear things up When the program starts, everthing is grand Then, we rotate the dwarf by 180Degrees So, anyway, i reckon this is down to how i have my alphablending set [because if i turn it off, i don't have this problem, but then the reflection doesn't look right] So, i've set up alpha blending like this
Device->SetRenderState(D3DRS_ALPHABLENDENABLE, true);
Device->SetRenderState(D3DRS_SRCBLEND,  D3DBLEND_ZERO);
Device->SetRenderState(D3DRS_DESTBLEND, D3DBLEND_ONE);

And like i said earlier if i disable it, i don't get that problem, so if anyone can help, it'd be great. Thanks in advance HerrCron ps: i know that the reflection is a little too far away, and the shadow or floor aren't reflected, but i know how to fix that, this is doing my head in. Cheers

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Toggle the culling order depending on which mesh you're drawing.

Toggle D3DRS_CULLMODE between D3DCULL_CCW and D3DCULL_CW depending on whether you're drawing the real mesh or its reflection...

hth
Jack

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Currently, the Cullmode is set to
 D3DCULL_CW

when the reflection is being drawn, and no varation on this gets any better result.

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Can you explain how you draw the mirror? It's not clear to me how you're using alpha blending.

I think that's also why Jack gave the response he gave. That's because one standard way to draw a mirror is to reflect the transformations and draw the objects again, and that doesn't involve alpha blending.

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Yeah, this is actually all a mistake on my end. For some reason i got the notion into my head that i HAD to make the reflection slightly transparent, for *some* reason that escapes me now in the cold light of day.

Thanks jollyjeffers and ET3D for all the help, i promise to think things through before i post a problem again.

Now, where is the D'oh emoticon.....