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Creating WebGL Effects with CurtainsJS

This article focuses adding WebGL effects to <image> and <video> elements of an already “completed” web page. While there are a few helpful resources out there on this subject (like these two), I hope to help simplify this subject by distilling the process into a few steps: 

  • Create a web page as you normally would.
  • Render pieces that you want to add WebGL effects to with WebGL.
  • Create (or find) the WebGL effects to use.
  • Add event listeners to
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Building an Images Gallery using PixiJS and WebGL

Sometimes, we have to go a little further than HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create the UI we need, and instead use other resources, like SVG, WebGL, canvas, and others.

For example, the most amazing effects can be created with WebGL, because it’s a JavaScript API designed to render interactive 2D and 3D graphics within any compatible web browser, allowing GPU-accelerated image processing.

That said, working with WebGL can be very complex. As such, there’s a variety of libraries that … Read article “Building an Images Gallery using PixiJS and WebGL”

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Techniques for Rendering Text with WebGL

As is the rule in WebGL, anything that seems like it should be simple is actually quite complicated. Drawing lines, debugging shaders, text rendering… they are all damn hard to do well in WebGL.

Isn’t that weird? WebGL doesn’t have a built-in function for rendering text. Although text seems like the most basic of functionalities. When it comes down to actually rendering it, things get complicated. How do you account for the immense amount of glyphs for every … Read article “Techniques for Rendering Text with WebGL”

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Animate Images and Videos with curtains.js

While browsing the latest award-winning websites, you may notice a lot of fancy image distortion animations or neat 3D effects. Most of them are created with WebGL, an API allowing GPU-accelerated image processing effects and animations. They also tend to use libraries built on top of WebGL such as three.js or pixi.js. Both are very powerful tools to create respectively 3D and 2D scenes.

But, you should keep in mind that those libraries were not originally designed … Read article “Animate Images and Videos with curtains.js”

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Creating Photorealistic 3D Graphics on the Web

Before becoming a web developer, I worked in the visual effects industry, creating award-winning, high-end 3D effects for movies and TV Shows such as Tron, The Thing, Resident Evil, and Vikings. To be able to create these effects, we would need to use highly sophisticated animation software such as Maya, 3Ds Max or Houdini and do long hours of offline rendering on Render Farms that consisted of hundreds of machines. It’s because I worked with these tools for … Read article “Creating Photorealistic 3D Graphics on the Web”

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A Comparison of Animation Technologies

The question I am asked most frequently: what animation tool do you recommend?

Having worked with a slew of them, I can tell you there is no right answer. It’s a complicated question and complicated answer. This post serves to clarify what to use, and when, to get you working with the right tool for the job.

If you’re here for React, we’ve got you covered! Jump down to the React section below and we’ll break down what to … Read article “A Comparison of Animation Technologies”