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07-25-2006, 01:07 AM
Greetings. I've been expermenting with HLSL shaders, writing and testing them primarily with Nvidia's Fx Composer. My question is, does anyone have any idea how render text (a string of characters) to a texture? i'm not looking for a step-by-step guide, but any advice or thoughts would be appreciated.
I know how to do it in directx, and have looked at the example in the directx sdk, but i want to do it entirely within a shader. after searching around a bit, i have't found any info, so as far as i know, it may not even be possible..
Creating and applying textures to objects is no problem, its just the process of rendering text to an image.
07-27-2006, 04:00 PM
Rendering text in a shader is a quite difficult problem.
Take a look at http://research.microsoft.com/~cloop/LoopBlinn05.pdf (http://research.microsoft.com/%7Ecloop/LoopBlinn05.pdf) if you want to get some inspiration on this topic.
probable one thing for such a shader would be to make a texture with all letters prerendered, and use it as a sampler in your shader.
but then, you would actually want to display text (words), and the only hack to pass strings to a shader would again be to abuse a texture (where different pixelcolors represent different letters). transforming strings to such a lookuptexture might be more difficult that just rendering the letters directly using D3DFont...
08-09-2006, 09:36 AM
Another interesting paper on this subject was published on siggraph last week.
Check out the paper "Perfect Spatial Hashing" on http://research.microsoft.com/~hoppe/ .
It shows a way of efficiently pack sparse data into textures and it shows some nice text renderings where it has packed vector data into the texture to render text.
08-09-2006, 09:36 AM
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