View Full Version : glPopMatrix, glPushMatrix??

03-23-2002, 11:21 PM
another question i ahve is regarding the glPopMatrix and glPushMatrix...when exactly do i use these matrices...is there a rule to follow?
i understand they are used to save the state of the current matrix...but i am still sorta confused how to go about using them in coding...should i use it before i rotate a matrix, only? http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/confused.gif

03-24-2002, 01:10 AM
You use glPushMatrix and glPopMatrix around a block of drawing code in which you temporarily want to do some additional translates/rotates/scales or whatever and then later want to undo these actions without having to keep exact track of what you did.
For example: when positioning the limbs of a character you would
1. glTranslate/glRotate to the location of the body
2. glPushMatrix
3. glTranslate/glRotate to the left limb
4. draw the left limb
5. glPopMatrix
6. glPushMatrix
7. glTranslate/glRotate to the right limb
8. draw the right limb
9. glPopMatrix


Do keep a close look on the number of Push and Pops you do, they absolutely have to be balanced at all times!