TF2 Glow Effect (2013 SDK)

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  • Add GLOWS_ENABLE to the preprocessor directives on your client and server projects (don't forget to add it for release and debug, too!)
  • Add the following line to ClientModeShared::DoPostScreenSpaceEffects:
g_GlowObjectManager.RenderGlowEffects( pSetup, 0 );
  • Create a .VMT file in /materials/dev/ called "glow_color.vmt" with the following contents:
    $basetexture white // or whatever you like
    $ignorez 1
    $model 1
    $linearwrite 1
  • Create another .VMT file in /materials/dev/ called "halo_add_to_screen.vmt" with the following contents:
        "$PIXSHADER" "haloaddoutline_ps20"
        "$basetexture" "_rt_fullframefb"
        "$ignorez" 1
        "$linearread_basetexture" 1
        "$linearwrite" 1
        "$texture1" "dev/glow_red"
        "$texture2" "dev/glow_white"
        "$texture3" "dev/glow_blue"
  • Precache the effect by placing this code in clientmode_shared.cpp (search for other references of CLIENTEFFECT_REGISTER_BEGIN for usage example):
CLIENTEFFECT_REGISTER_BEGIN( PrecachePostProcessingEffectsGlow )
CLIENTEFFECT_MATERIAL( "dev/glow_color" )
CLIENTEFFECT_MATERIAL( "dev/halo_add_to_screen" )


Objects derived from CBaseEntity are able to glow, but setters and getters for the glow effect only appear to be defined from CBaseCombatCharacter onwards.

To start a glow, call:

myObject->AddGlowEffect(); //Make it glow

To update a glow, call:

myObject->UpdateGlowEffect(); //Update glow

To stop a glow, call:

myObject->RemoveGlowEffect(); //Make it stop glowing