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BroderickCalpe

Make spheres look smoother with GLSL

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Please have a look at the attached image.  How can I make sure that my spheres look smooth using GLSL shaders?

Any tutorials, examples maybe?

 

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Or simply use smooth normals. For every vertex, gather all the faces the vertex is part of and average their normals. There, you have your vertex normal.

Also, when going for a fragmet shader, I advise reading up on Phong shading. It interpolates the normals over the surface, normalizes them and uses that for other calculations. This gives smooth and pleasant shading. For comparison: http://diccan.com/Images/gouraud_phong_flat.jpg ( from left to right: flat, goaroud mentioned above, phong )

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Any vector you pass from a vertex to a fragment shader needs to be renormalised if it was before, the interpolation hardware doesn't guarantee that it stays normalised.
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The interpolation hardware actually guarantees that it will not stay normalized, because normalization involves a sqrt and the plot of sqrt is a curve, not a straight line.  Of course, you can use such a fine level of tesselation that the error is to all intents and purposes invisible, but that involves it's own set of tradeoffs (particularly the risk of becoming vertex-bound) so yes, renormalization and calculation of lighting in the fragment shader is the way to go.

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For a sphere you dont need fancy calculations, just take the vector from the center of the sphere to the current surface point and normalize it to get the most correct value.

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