Draw contour around object in Opengl

  • Draw contour around object in Opengl therealszaka

    I need to draw contour around 2d objects in 3d space. I tried drawing lines around object(+points to fill the gap), but due to line width, some part of it(~50%) was covering object. I tried to use stencil buffer, to eliminate this problem, but I got sth like this(contour is green):

    http://goo.gl/OI5uc (sorry I can't post images, due to my reputation)

    You can see(where arrow points), that some parts of line are behind object, and some are above. This changes when I move camera, but always there is some part, that is covering it. Here is code, that I use for drawing object:

        std::list<CObjectOnScene*>::iterator objIter=ptr->objects.begin(),objEnd=ptr->objects.end();
        int countStencilBit=1;
            glStencilOp(GL_REPLACE,GL_KEEP,GL_REPLACE );

    I've tried different settings of stencil buffer, but always I was getting sth like that. Here is question: 1.Am I setting stencil buffer wrong?

    2. Are there any other simple ways to create contour on such objects?

    Thanks in advance.


    1. I don't have normals of objects.

    2. Object can be concave.

    3. I can't use shaders(see below why).

    • Draw your entire scene, except highlighted objects.
    • Draw the objects you want to highlight, in pure color, sorted from back to front, and with a small scale applied (1.05f - 1.1f).
    • Draw the final objects, again, from back to front.

    For extra eye-candy, try drawing the contour pass to a separate render target and apply a small blur, then blend this texture with your final scene using the appropiate Z values.

  • I'll do this like that:

    • Sort objects in front-back(distance from camera) order

    • Draw object's border(as lines and points) with disabled GL_DEPTH_TEST

    • Draw object with enabled GL_DEPTH_TEST

    • Do last two steps for every object

    I'll try to do this like that, but if anyone have ideas of better solution to this problem(MIND CONCAVE OBJECTS, PLEASE)- feel free to share with us.

    PS. I'm not fully satisfied with my solution-changing OpenGL states so often can be harmful. But if no one can help me with stencil buffer settings, I guess that's the only way for me.

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