Hiding a sprite behind the background

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Hiding a sprite behind the background

Post by jman » July 6th, 2014, 8:31 am


I'm trying to figure out this: let's say I have a sprite moving. When it goes a certain coordinate it should gradually disappear behind the backgroud.
Imagine a sprite representing the hero entering a house. I'd like this sprite to get lower drawing priority as it moves through the door: I'd like to "see" only the portion of the hero that it's not yet inside the house.

Is it possible to do that? Any hint? Consider the case in which I only have two sprites: the background and the hero and I cannot break them down to smaller parts (because it would be too much work).


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Re: Hiding a sprite behind the background

Post by Shadow » July 6th, 2014, 6:18 pm

If you're using a polygon as your sprite, you can use a transparent polygon.
This is how you can draw a transparent polygon (note that it is old and unoptimised code):

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// Draw a transparent rectangle.
// The transparency 'colour' is calculated from the foreground
// and background pixels.
// EG: DrawTransRect(10,0, 20,0, 10,39, 20,39, 25,25,25, 0);
void DrawTransRect(int x1, int y1, int x2, int y2, int x3, int y3, int x4, int y4, int r, int g, int b, int ot)
	POLY_F4 f4; // f4 = 4 sided polygon

	SetPolyF4(&f4); // initialise the primitive
	setRGB0(&f4, r, g, b); // set the foreground fill colour
	setSemiTrans(&f4, 1); // semi-transparency (0=off | 1=on)
	setXY4(&f4, x1,y1, x2,y2, x3,y3, x4,y4); // draw 4 lines (4 sets of x/y coordinates)
	//DrawPrim(&f4); // copy shape to frame buffer
	GsSortPoly(&f4, &WorldOrderingTable[CurrentBuffer], ot); // put the polygon into the ordering table
The easiest method however is to lower all RGB value down equally in a loop.
Here is some old and crude code I wrote a while ago to do that.
NOTE: This code fades it out, and then back in again:

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// display the license.tim image until the timer reaches 245, which will fade the
// license.tim image out. when it has, continue to titleFadeI(); to fade in the
// license.tim image back in.
void timerFadeLicense()
  int i=0, timerA=130;

  for (i=0; i<timerA; i++)
    if (DEBUG_FADE) printf("Fading LICENSE.TIM out=%d\n",i);
    // if the luminosity is 0...
    // otherwise, decrease the luminosity by a multiple of 2
    if (LicenseSprite[0].r=LicenseSprite[0].g=LicenseSprite[0].b==0 || i>=64)
      if (DEBUG_FADE) printf("LicenseSprite[0]=%d\n",LicenseSprite[0].r=LicenseSprite[0].g=LicenseSprite[0].b);
      LicenseSprite[1].r=LicenseSprite[1].g=LicenseSprite[1].b-=2; // luminosity -2
      LicenseSprite[0].r=LicenseSprite[0].g=LicenseSprite[0].b-=2; // luminosity -2
	if(!DTL_H2000) CheckCD();
	if(cderror==1) display(0);
	else display(1);

  timerA=130; // reset the timer
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