I have translucent objects (fire particles) and there is shadow cast by different object. If I put the camera to look at the shadow through the fire, shadow is rendered in front of particles. This is caused by the fact that I have disabled depth write for the particles. If I enable the depth write, then, in addition to my particles looking completely wrong, shadow is completely invisible behind them.
What I want to achieve is to just have transparent/translucent objects drawn AFTER the shadow is rendered, so the shadow will be filtered through them (so you can see shadow a bit through the translucent fire).
As I understand, at the moment order of render is something like
This for example allows semi-transparent leaves to cast shadows with alpha shadow treshold etc. What I think I would need is something
transparent shadow casters
Any chance to achieve that without rewriting half of the jme3 render queue ?
It is not a problem that particles are casting shadow or that shadow is received by them. Shadow is still received by the floor behind them, it is just drawn on top of particles due to them not writing to depth buffer.
I need to find the way to get transparent objects drawn after the shadow map is composed onto scene
I know what my issue is and still cannot make any sense of your screenshot
When I get home, I’ll try to write small program showing the issue - something like number of semi-transparent colored quads of ‘glass’, with shadow-casting poles in front of them. Then we could observe various ways to shadow behaviour - shadow being cast on the glass, glass blocking the shadow and shadow being cast ‘through’ the glass, but without glass coloring it (which is my problem).
@Remy: it doesn’t matter that the particles have shadow mode = off … Because particles render without z-write and the shadows are rendered after particles, the shadows are rendered on top of the particles
Maybe alternate approach - allowing to create kind of post-processing filter which would in fact render a special bucket of translucent objects ? It would need to be added in correct place in post-processor list (after shadow, before bloom probably).
I’m not sure how we could make shadow post-processor to run in between the normal bucket rendering - and if it would not cause troubles with some other post-processors…
I think it is slightly more complicated. It is about order in which object buckets versus post-processor filters are applied. Critical part of the equation is not the place where shadows are rendered into shadowmaps, but the final stage when shadowmap is blitted on top of everything.
I can see two possibilities basically:
either create new special object bucket (Transparent-after-filters), which would allow to place certain kinds of transparent objects after the shadow processor; not sure how it will play with gui bucket , plus maybe it will skip all filters (and maybe we want bloom on particles?)
add ability to mix filters in the middle of render queue - so shadow filter would be fully blitted after opaque bucket but before transparent bucket (but then transparent objects cannot receive shadows)
Some variation of second idea is possible, by creating two transparent bucket and putting shadow filter in between them. It would be then up to application in which bucket to put it.
How about two transparent buckets internally, and place the objects in the one they belong (with the shadow recive flag), then render all normal the shadow the no shadow particles and after that the rest of post processing.?
It would have to sort all the triangles globallly (there might be particle emitters for which areas of effect partially overlap each other, even if single particles do not) and then render them, possibly switching texture context on each triangle and drawing it triangle by triangle instead of entire buffer at once. Would probably kill the performance.
Ok, so after this one is solved, somebody will probably ask for colored shadows for stained glass windows for rendering of church
Another way might be to actually have particles with depth … First you render them as usual without depth write, then you render their depth into the buffer without color write. This will also fix that issue with the water filter and particles
Ok, so after this one is solved, somebody will probably ask for colored shadows for stained glass windows for rendering of church ;)
Soooo, how about those colored shadows for stained glass windows for renders of churches? :p
I had actually asked about this long ago when jME3 development was just starting, but I was also a lot more naive as to what goes into a lot of this stuff. Back before realizing how faking simple effects was a lot easier than trying to actually DO THE EFFECT while burning about 90% of a computer's power doing so. :p