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StriderPulse599

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Is drawing to sf::Texture a good idea?
« on: December 20, 2023, 03:09:21 am »
Currently I'm using a single sf::VertexArray to draw to one window, then modify some vertices before drawing to another window.

Would drawing shared elements to sf::Texture and then drawing over it be a good idea? I know that draw calls are generally expensive, so I wanted to ask first

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Re: Is drawing to sf::Texture a good idea?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2023, 10:10:10 pm »
I presume you mean an sf::RenderTexture that you can draw to. This allows you to draw to it and then use it as a texture, then allowing you to draw that texture (such as on each separate window perhaps). However, drawing that texture would still require a draw call but it would be potentially fewer vertices (only need 6 vertices for 1 quad/2 triangles).

If it's very many vertices, it may be worthwhile to render to a texture and then duplicating from the texture but there is some (significant) overhead with a render texture so if drawing the vertices separately doesn't cause any issues, you could consider keeping with that.

In addition, if you are making many draw calls then drawing to a render texture can reduce the number of duplicated draw calls. However, it might be first better to consider ways to reduce draw calls on the original output. If there are a lot already, maybe this is already too many.
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Re: Is drawing to sf::Texture a good idea?
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2023, 09:33:26 pm »
When it comes to performance questions, there are some tips like Hapax gave, but in the end it comes down to the specific situation and then all that counts is to measure and profile. Optimizing something that isn't a bottleneck is usually just wasted time.
Until you run into performance issues, you might just pick whatever solution works best for you.
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