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Is there a way to make debug shapes exempt from postprocessing?

Hi, in our game we're using a post-process material to draw dark outlines around all the objects in the environment via a scene depth comparison with the neighboring pixels. This effect looks good on the environment, but as an unfortunate side-effect all the debug shapes (spheres, lines, cones, etc) are also getting outlines, and as a result they are often turning black and it becomes hard to tell their color or differentiate them.

Besides completely disabling the post-process material when debugging, is there a way to exclude debug shapes from being affected by the post-process material? A couple sub-optimal methods I was considering was to a) somehow change the blend mode of all debug shapes to Translucent so that they will not be affected or b) somehow give all debug shapes a specific stencil value that is explicitly ignored in our post-process material. Although I'm not sure how I would implement either of these solutions.

Also, I typically create debug shapes from C++ like this:

DrawDebugSphere(world, position, 25.0f, 6, FColor::Blue);

Here is a screenshot of how the debug shapes are turning black: alt text

Any ideas?


Product Version: UE 4.20
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asked Aug 13 '18 at 04:57 AM in Rendering

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Using a Custom Depth pass might be a solution. Here is a cel shader tutorial that uses Custom Depth to make specific objects be exempt from post processing:

https://www.raywenderlich.com/146-unreal-engine-4-cel-shading-tutorial ("Isolating the Cel Shader" section)

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answered Aug 13 '18 at 08:17 AM

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avatar image mpxc Aug 13 '18 at 08:24 AM

Yes, this would work if I could set the Engine built-in debug shapes to use a specific custom depth stencil value. Any idea as to how one would accomplish this?

avatar image zoomcns Aug 13 '18 at 09:06 AM

Oh yeah... if they can't have a material applied then this might be harder to achieve. Sorry, I don't have much experience with debug shapes :)

avatar image mpxc Aug 14 '18 at 04:45 AM

I found the scene proxies used for drawing the built-in debug shapes, so I almost found a way to do it:

 #include "PrimitiveSceneProxy.h"
 #include "Components/LineBatchComponent.h"
 #include "Engine/World.h"
 // call the below once somewhere
 // also call on world->PersistentLineBatcher and world->ForegroundLineBatcher if necessary

Unfortunately, this causes an external link error because the SetCustomDepthStencilValue_GameThread function is missing the "ENGINE_API" specifier and thus can't be accessed externally.

Any ideas?

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