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Does anyone know what value gets put into the alpha channel if you try sample a texture that doesn't have an alpha channel? Eg. if I have a bitmap loaded in and I sample it in the shader with: float4 tex = tex2D(TextureSampler, TextureCoords) What gets put into tex.a? 0? I ask because I want a good way to determine if in a specular map, the power/gloss value has been put into the alpha channel, and if not, use a default value.

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I'm not sure, but I think this is one of the areas where no predictable behavior is guaranteed (like behavior when setting a texture to null). It might be a more robust option to convert your textures to use an alpha channel with the default value. That way you don't need extra code for special cases, which as I got told is always a good thing [smile]

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To my knowledge, the behaviour is indeed specified. The default result of a texture access is (0, 0, 0, 1). So if you access a one-channel texture, you'll get (r, 0, 0, 1) as a result.

You might want to reread it in the documentation, though.

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Thanks. The documentation doesn't really specify what is returned.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee418491(VS.85).aspx

I guess I'll just have to test it out and see what happens.

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