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Shader Example

In this tutorial I will show you how to use a fragment shader with SFML.
The goal is not to learn GLSL but to integrate a shader taken from Shadertoy or GLSL Sandbox into an SFML apps.

At the end of the tutorial you will have:
Fire shader SFML

The Shader

Here is the code of the shader we will use:

#ifdef GL_ES
precision mediump float;

uniform float time;
uniform vec2 mouse;
uniform vec2 resolution;

float snoise(vec3 uv, float res)
	const vec3 s = vec3(1e0, 1e2, 1e3);
	uv *= res;
	vec3 uv0 = floor(mod(uv, res))*s;
	vec3 uv1 = floor(mod(uv+vec3(1.), res))*s;
	vec3 f = fract(uv); f = f*f*(3.0-2.0*f);

	vec4 v = vec4(uv0.x+uv0.y+uv0.z, uv1.x+uv0.y+uv0.z,
		      	  uv0.x+uv1.y+uv0.z, uv1.x+uv1.y+uv0.z);

	vec4 r = fract(sin(v*1e-1)*1e3);
	float r0 = mix(mix(r.x, r.y, f.x), mix(r.z, r.w, f.x), f.y);
	r = fract(sin((v + uv1.z - uv0.z)*1e-1)*1e3);
	float r1 = mix(mix(r.x, r.y, f.x), mix(r.z, r.w, f.x), f.y);
	return mix(r0, r1, f.z)*2.-1.;

void main( void ) {	
	vec2 p = gl_FragCoord.xy / resolution.xy;
	p.x = p.x - mouse.x / resolution.x;
	p.y = p.y + mouse.y / resolution.y;
	p.y = p.y - 1.0;
	float color = 3.0 - (6.*length(p));		
	vec3 coord = vec3(atan(p.x,p.y)/6.2832, length(p)*0.4, .5);
	for(int i = 1; i <= 7; i++){
		float power = pow(2.0, float(i));
		color += (1.5 / power) * snoise(coord + vec3(0.,-time*.05, time*.01), power*16.);
	gl_FragColor = vec4( color, pow(max(color,0.),2.)*0.4, pow(max(color,0.),3.)*0.15 , 1.0);

As you can see there is a lot of mathematics involved when we want to make a shader with some blur or in this case noise.

Another interesting things are the parameters we will need to give to the shader:

uniform float time;
uniform vec2 mouse;
uniform vec2 resolution;

time = the time elapsed since the beginning of the program (in seconds).
mouse = coordinate (x, y) of the cursor (in pixel).
resolution = resolution of the window (in pixel).

The SFML Apps

Now we need to create the window and load the shader in the main. We will need to create a sprite to display the shader. And after that we will update the shader paramaters. Here is the source code.

You can download the project for VS2015: SFMLShaderExample.7z

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