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OpenGL Development Cookbook

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  • Create an OpenGL 3.3 rendering context
  • Get to grips with camera-based viewing and object picking techniques
  • Learn off-screen rendering and environment mapping techniques to render mirrors
  • Discover shadow mapping techniques, including variance shadow mapping
  • Implement a particle system using shaders
  • Learn about GPU-based methods for global illumination using spherical harmonics and SSAO
  • Understand translucent geometry and order independent transparency using dual depth peeling
  • Explore GPU-based volumetric lighting using half angle slicing and physically based simulation on the GPU using transform feedback

OpenGL is the leading cross-language, multi-platform API used by masses of modern games and applications in a vast array of different sectors. Developing graphics with OpenGL lets you harness the increasing power of GPUs and really take your visuals to the next level.

OpenGL Development Cookbook is your guide to graphical programming techniques to implement 3D mesh formats and skeletal animation to learn and understand OpenGL.

OpenGL Development Cookbook introduces you to the modern OpenGL. Beginning with vertex-based deformations, common mesh formats, and skeletal animation with GPU skinning, and going on to demonstrate different shader stages in the graphics pipeline. OpenGL Development Cookbook focuses on providing you with practical examples on complex topics, such as variance shadow mapping, GPU-based paths, and ray tracing. By the end you will be familiar with the latest advanced GPU-based volume rendering techniques.

  • Explores current graphics programming techniques including GPU-based methods from the outlook of modern OpenGL 3.3
  • Includes GPU-based volume rendering algorithms
  • Discover how to employ GPU-based path and ray tracing
  • Create 3D mesh formats and skeletal animation with GPU skinning
  • Explore graphics elements including lights and shadows in an easy to understand manner
Page Count 326
Course Length 9 hours 46 minutes
ISBN 9781849695046
Date Of Publication 24 Jun 2013


Muhammad Mobeen Movania

Muhammad Mobeen Movania received his PhD degree in Advanced Computer Graphics and Visualization from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He completed his Bachelor of Science Honors (BCS(H)) in Computer Sciences from Iqra University, Karachi. Before joining NTU, he was a junior graphics programmer at Data Communication and Control (DCC) Pvt. Ltd. Karachi, Pakistan. He was working on DirectX and OpenGL API for producing real-time interactive tactical simulators and dynamic integrated training simulators. His research interests include volumetric rendering, GPU technologies, real-time shadows, digital geometry processing, and hierarchical geometric data structures. He is also the author of an OpenCloth project which implements various cloth simulation algorithms in OpenGL. His blog lists a lot of useful graphics tips and tricks. When not involved with computer graphics, he composes music and is an avid squash player. He is currently working at a research institute in Singapore.