View Full Version : What are 3D textures useful for?

Michele Bosi
02-22-2008, 07:53 PM
Hello to all,
googling around (and yahooing to be politically correct...) I realized how difficult it is to find sample applications that demonstrate some practical use of 3D textures, so here I am with a very simple question: in your experience, why do we need 3D textures and what can we use (or abused) them for?


Chris Lux
02-23-2008, 12:53 AM
Volume Rendering

e.g. http://www.vrvis.at/via/resources/course-volgraphics-2004/

02-23-2008, 04:39 AM
3D textures get used a lot as 3D noise lookups.

02-23-2008, 07:33 AM
Terrain texturing is also a possible area of use.

Ilian Dinev
02-23-2008, 07:40 AM
Nice soft shadows, too. (but the preprocessing is slow). A 3D texture was used as the volume of light. There's a demo, I don't remember where.

02-23-2008, 12:50 PM
Any time you've ever written

value = table[i][j][k]

is an application for 3D textures.

Michele Bosi
02-24-2008, 03:12 AM
Thank you guys for your replyes, it was enlighting :)