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DX11 HLSL - Lighting like fixed function pipeline

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I have a gaming framework with an renderer interface. Those support DX8, DX9 and latest, DX11. Both DX8 and DX9 use fixed function pipeline, while DX11 obviously uses shaders. I've got most of the parts working fine, as in I can switch renderers and notice almost no difference. The most advanced features are 2 directional lights with a single texture :) 

My last problem is lighting; albeit there's documentation on the D3D lighting model I still can't get the behaviour right. My mistake shows most prominently in the dark side opposite the lights. I'm pretty sure the ambient calculation is off, but that one's supposed to be the most simple one and should be hard to get wrong.

Interestingly I've been searching high and low, and have yet to find a resource that shows how to build a HLSL shader where diffuse, ambient and specular are used together with material properties. I've got various shaders for all the variations I'm supporting. I stepped through the shader with the graphics debugger, but the calculation seems to do what I want. I'm just not sure the formula is correct.

This one should suffice though, it's doing two directional lights, texture modulated with vertex color and a normal. Maybe someone can spot one (or more mistakes). And yes, this is in the vertex shader and I'm aware lighting will be as "bad" as in fixed function; that's my goal currently.

// A constant buffer that stores the three basic column-major matrices for composing geometry.
cbuffer ModelViewProjectionConstantBuffer : register(b0)
  matrix model;
  matrix view;
  matrix projection;
  matrix ortho2d;

struct DirectionLight
  float3    Direction;
  float     PaddingL1;
  float4    Ambient;
  float4    Diffuse;
  float4    Specular;

cbuffer LightsConstantBuffer : register( b1 )
  float4          Ambient;
  float3          EyePos;
  float           PaddingLC1;
  DirectionLight  Light[8];

struct Material
  float4    MaterialEmissive;
  float4    MaterialAmbient;
  float4    MaterialDiffuse;
  float4    MaterialSpecular;
  float     MaterialSpecularPower;
  float3    MaterialPadding;

cbuffer MaterialConstantBuffer : register( b2 )
  Material  _Material;

// Per-vertex data used as input to the vertex shader.
struct VertexShaderInput
  float3 pos : POSITION;
  float3 normal : NORMAL;
  float4 color : COLOR0;
  float2 tex : TEXCOORD0;

// Per-pixel color data passed through the pixel shader.
struct PixelShaderInput
  float4 pos : SV_POSITION;
  float2 tex : TEXCOORD0;
  float4 color : COLOR0;

// Simple shader to do vertex processing on the GPU.
PixelShaderInput main(VertexShaderInput input)
  PixelShaderInput output;

  float4 pos = float4( input.pos, 1.0f );

  // Transform the vertex position into projected space.
  pos = mul(pos, model);
  pos = mul(pos, view);
  pos = mul(pos, projection);

  output.pos = pos;

  // pass texture coords
  output.tex = input.tex;

  // Calculate the normal vector against the world matrix only.
  //set required lighting vectors for interpolation
  float3 normal = mul( input.normal, ( float3x3 )model );
  normal = normalize( normal );

  float4  ambientEffect = Ambient;
  float4  diffuseEffect = float4( 0, 0, 0, 0 );
  float4  specularEffect = float4( 0, 0, 0, 0 );

  for ( int i = 0; i < 2; ++i )
    // Invert the light direction for calculations.
    float3 lightDir = -Light[i].Direction;
    float  lightFactor = max( dot( lightDir, input.normal ), 0 );

    ambientEffect += Light[i].Ambient * _Material.MaterialAmbient;
    diffuseEffect += saturate( Light[i].Diffuse * dot( normal, lightDir ) );//  * _Material.MaterialDiffuse;
    //specularEffect += Light.Specular * dot( normal, halfangletolight ) * _Material.MaterialSpecularPower;

  specularEffect *= _Material.MaterialSpecular;

  //ambientEffect.w = 1.0;
  ambientEffect = normalize( ambientEffect );

  Ambient effect: (L1.ambient + L2.ambient) * object ambient color
  Diffuse effect: (L1.diffuse * Dot(VertexNormal, Light1.Direction) + L2.diffuse * Dot(VertexNormal, Light2.Direction)) * object diffuse color

  Specular effect: (L1.specular * Dot(VertexNormal, HalfAngleToLight1) * Object specular reflection power + L2.specular * Dot(VertexNormal, HalfAngleToLight2) * Object specular reflection power ) * object specular color
  Resulting color = Ambient effect + diffuse effect + specular effect*/

  float4  totalFactor = ambientEffect + diffuseEffect + specularEffect;
  totalFactor.w = 1.0;
  output.color = input.color * totalFactor;
  return output;
Edit: This message editor is driving me nuts (Arrrr!) - I don't write code in Word.
Edited by Endurion

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This is old reference emulating FFP with shaders. Can't find a direct download for the source though, it's probably lost :(


Also from a quick glance this looks wrong:

ambientEffect = normalize( ambientEffect );

Don't normalize. Doesn't make sense for a color factor.

Edit: Found that thing among my stuff. Here you are:


Edited by unbird

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