Noise Textures

The programmability offered by GLSL lets us use values stored in texture memory in new and unique ways. We can precompute a noise function and save it in a 1D, 2D, or 3D texture map. We can then access this texture map (or texture maps) from within a shader. Because textures can contain up to four components, we can use a single texture map to store four octaves of noise or four completely separate noise functions.

Example 8.14 shows a “C” function that generates a 3D noise texture. This function creates an RGBA texture with the first octave of noise stored in the red texture component, the second octave stored in the green texture component, the third octave stored in the blue component, and the fourth octave stored in the alpha ...

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