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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Summary

We covered a lot of ground in this chapter. At this point, you can create your 3D space for rendering, and you know how to draw everything from points and lines to complex polygons. We also showed you how to assemble these two-dimensional primitives as the surface of three-dimensional objects.

You also learned about some of the other buffers that OpenGL renders into besides the color buffer. As we move forward throughout the book, we will use the depth and stencil buffers for many other techniques and special effects. In Chapter 6, you will learn about yet another OpenGL buffer, the Accumulation buffer. You'll see later that all these buffers working together can create some outstanding and very realistic 3D graphics.

We encourage you to experiment with what you have learned in this chapter. Use your imagination and create some of your own 3D objects before moving on to the rest of the book. You'll then have some personal samples to work with and enhance as you learn and explore new techniques throughout the book.

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