Implementing a Texture

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Note: this guide is not yet finished. All necessary steps for creating are texture are included, with C++ and OpenCL code, but some of the steps are not explained in detail yet.

C++ Code

Files that need to be created:

  • Header: include/slg/textures/yourtexturename.h
  • Source: src/slg/textures/yourtexturename.cpp

Files that need to be edited:

  • Base texture header: include/slg/textures/texture.h
  • Sceneparse: src/slg/scene/parsetextures.cpp
  • CMakeLists.txt: src/slg/CMakeLists.txt

Commit with example: adding the "Divide" texture:

Creating the header file

Creating the source file

TODO: Description of the methods that need to be implemented:

  • GetFloatValue
  • GetSpectrumValue
  • Filter
  • Y


What do they do, what should they return?

Modifying the base texture header

Open the file include/slg/textures/texture.h
Add your new texture type to the TextureType enum.

Modifying Sceneparse

Open src/slg/scene/parsetextures.cpp
Include the new header file you created for your texture (the list is alphabetic).

Next, go to the method Scene::CreateTexture, scroll down until the end of the big if/else statement and add a new else if for your texture.

Modifying CMakeLists.txt

Open src/slg/CMakeLists.txt
Search for set(SLG_CORE_SRCS and add your source filepath among the other textures (they are sorted alphabetically).

Compile and Test

To test your plugin, compile LuxCore: Compiling_LuxCore

After the compilation succeeds, you will need a scene to test your plugin. The easiest method is to edit one of the .scn files in the scenes/luxball directory.

TODO Example

Now, run luxcoreui from the root LuxCore directory with

./bin/luxcoreui ./scenes/luxball/luxball-sunset.cfg

TODO result example image

OpenCL Code

Files that need to be edited:

  • include/slg/textures/
  • include/slg/textures/
  • src/slg/engines/pathoclbase/compiletextures.cpp
  • src/slg/engines/pathoclbase/pathoclbaseoclthreadkernels.cpp


// Your texture


OPENCL_FORCE_NOT_INLINE float YourTexture_ConstEvaluateFloat(__global HitPoint *hitPoint,
		const float tex1, const float tex2) {
	// The actual work is done here (this function is executed when a float value of your texture is requested)
	return tex1 * tex2;

OPENCL_FORCE_NOT_INLINE float3 YourTexture_ConstEvaluateSpectrum(__global HitPoint *hitPoint,
		const float3 tex1, const float3 tex2) {
	// The actual work is done here (this function is executed when a color value of your texture is requested)
	return tex1 * tex2;



Add a new texture type for your texture to the TextureType enum.

If your texture has input parameters, create a new struct in the form

typedef struct {
	unsigned int tex1Index, tex2Index;
} YourTexParam;

and add it to the big union in the Texture struct.


Include the C++ header of your texture.

Add a new case for your function to the CompiledScene::CompileTextures() method.

Add a new case for your function to the CompiledScene::GetTexturesEvaluationSourceCode() method.


Add a new if statement for your texture to the PathOCLBaseOCLRenderThread::InitKernels() method.