Tutorial 5: Texture Mapping


Now where we have done all the basic stuff, like the initializationof Direct3D and creation simple objects, we can make something new. In this tutorial we will start using texture mapping. Textures are a simple 3D effect, but have an enormous result and are very easy to use. The first thing we have to do is to change the custom vertex format. Then we only need to load the texture with help of the Direct3DX utility library. Two important things are the texture coordinates, which we need to establish how the texture is displayed on the triangle, and the filters, which smooth the texture. The filters are already set in the application class. You can choose the filter type in the settings dialog.


Here we change the vertex format. First we define the constant, which shows how the vertex format is constructed. We define a vertex with a x, y and z coordinate and one set of texture coordinates.


Here is the vertex structure with the coordinates. The fU and fV coordinates are for the texture.

struct D3DVERTEX
float fX,
float fU, //texture coordinates (NEW)


We need one more object for the texture here.

LPDIRECT3DTEXTURE9 pPyramideTexture = NULL; //texture object (NEW)

Now we have to change the vertex information for the polygons. The last two values of each vertex in the structures are the texture coordinates.

D3DVERTEX aTriangle[] = {{ 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f,0.5f,0.0f},
                         { 1.0f,-1.0f,-1.0f,1.0f,1.0f},
                         { 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f,0.5f,0.0f},
                         {-1.0f,-1.0f, 1.0f,0.0f,1.0f},
                         { 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f,0.5f,0.0f},
                         { 1.0f,-1.0f, 1.0f,0.0f,1.0f},
                         {-1.0f,-1.0f, 1.0f,1.0f,1.0f},
                         { 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f,0.5f,0.0f},
                         { 1.0f,-1.0f,-1.0f,0.0f,1.0f},
                         { 1.0f,-1.0f, 1.0f,1.0f,1.0f}};

D3DVERTEX aQuad[] = {{-1.0f,-1.0f,-1.0f,0.0f,0.0f},
                     { 1.0f,-1.0f,-1.0f,1.0f,0.0f},
                     {-1.0f,-1.0f, 1.0f,0.0f,1.0f},
                     { 1.0f,-1.0f, 1.0f,1.0f,1.0f}};

After we have filled the vertex buffers with the vertices, we must load the texture from a file. We use the Direct3DX function D3DXCreateTextureFromFile(). The parameters are the device, the name of the file, that holds the texture and the texture object. Then we have to tell Direct3D that we want to use the texture with the function SetTexture().

//load texture from file (NEW)

//set texture (NEW)

The rest of the project needn't to be changed. The texture is now mapped on the polygons of the pyramide.