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Thread: Reading normal vectors of a 3D model

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    Jul 2008

    Reading normal vectors of a 3D model

    I have rendered a 3D model (available to me in the form of vertices and triangles), and I am able to use glreadpixels and gluUnproject to read the color and depth values of every point of the model that is visible from my chosen viewpoint.

    My application also needs the normal vector associated with each such point. Does OpenGL provide me a quick way to do this? Of course, I could try to locate in which triangle of the model, each point belongs and then get the normal corresponding to that face. But that would be slower.

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    Senior Member OpenGL Pro Zengar's Avatar
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    Sep 2001

    Re: Reading normal vectors of a 3D model

    Use shaders to output the per-pixel normal. It should be also possible by playing around with lights and or texture combiners, but shaders are the easiest way.

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