# Fog Formulas

C# applications can control how fog affects the color of objects in a scene by changing the way Microsoft Direct3D computes fog effects over distance. The FogMode enumerated type contains members that identify the three fog formulas (linear fog and two types of exponential fog). All formulas calculate a fog factor as a function of distance, given parameters that an application sets.

## Linear Fog

This is set with Linear.

where

• start is the distance at which fog effects begin.
• end is the distance at which fog effects no longer increase.
• d represents depth, or the distance from the viewpoint. For range-based fog, the value for d is the distance between the camera position and a vertex. For non-range-based fog, the value for d is the absolute value of the z-coordinate in camera space.

## Exponential Fog

Linear and exponential formulas are supported for both pixel fog and vertex fog.

This is set with Exp.

where

• e is the base of natural logarithms (approximately 2.71828).
• density is an arbitrary fog density that can range from 0.0 to 1.0.
• d represents depth, or the distance from the viewpoint, as stated earlier.

This is set with Exp2.

where

• e is the base of natural logarithms, as stated above.
• density is an arbitrary fog density that can range from 0.0 to 1.0, as stated above.
• d represents depth, or the distance from the viewpoint, as stated above.

Note: The system stores the fog factor in the alpha component of the specular color for a vertex. If an application performs its own transformation and lighting, fog factor values can be inserted manually, to be applied by the system during rendering.

The following illustration graphs these formulas, using common values as in the formula parameters.

Linear is 1.0 at start and 0.0 at end. It is not measured relative to the near or far planes.

When Direct3D calculates fog effects, it uses the fog factor from one of the preceding equations in a blending formula, shown here.

This formula effectively scales the color of the current polygon C by the fog factor f, and adds the product to the fog color C, scaled by the bitwise inverse of the fog factor. The resulting color value is a blend of the fog color and the original color, as a factor of distance. The formula applies to all devices supported in Microsoft DirectX 7.0 and later. For the legacy ramp device, the fog factor scales the diffuse and specular color components, clamped to the range of 0.0 and 1.0, inclusive. The fog factor typically starts at 1.0 for the near plane and decreases to 0.0 at the far plane.