Uploading a texture

A texture is an image or a collection of images loaded in the video memory.

In order to load a texture, we must first decode the image format that stores our image (for example, PNG). To do so, we are going to use the image library. Let's add it to the Cargo.toml file:

image = "*"

And to the crate root:

extern crate image;

In order to load the image, we just need to use image::load:

use std::io::Cursor;
let image = image::load(Cursor::new(&include_bytes!("/path/to/image.png")[..]),
let image_dimensions = image.dimensions();
let image = glium::texture::RawImage2d::from_raw_rgba_reversed(image.into_raw(), image_dimensions);

And in order to upload the image as a texture, it's as simple as:

let texture = glium::texture::Texture2d::new(&display, image).unwrap();

Using the texture

There is no automatic way to display a texture over a shape with OpenGL. Just like any other rendering techniques, it must be done manually. This means that we must manually load color values from our texture and return them with our fragment shader.

To do so, we first have to modify a bit our shape in order to indicate to which location of the texture each vertex is attached to:

#[derive(Copy, Clone)]
struct Vertex {
    position: [f32; 2],
    tex_coords: [f32; 2],       // <- this is new

implement_vertex!(Vertex, position, tex_coords);        // don't forget to add `tex_coords` here

let vertex1 = Vertex { position: [-0.5, -0.5], tex_coords: [0.0, 0.0] };
let vertex2 = Vertex { position: [ 0.0,  0.5], tex_coords: [0.0, 1.0] };
let vertex3 = Vertex { position: [ 0.5, -0.25], tex_coords: [1.0, 0.0] };
let shape = vec![vertex1, vertex2, vertex3];

Texture coordinates range from 0.0 to 1.0. The coordinates (0.0, 0.0) correspond to the bottom-left hand corner of the texture, and (1.0, 1.0) to the top-right hand corner.

This new tex_coords attribute will be passed to the vertex shader, just like position. We don't have anything to do with it, and we are just going to pass it through to the fragment shader:

#version 140

in vec2 position;
in vec2 tex_coords;
out vec2 v_tex_coords;

uniform mat4 matrix;

void main() {
    v_tex_coords = tex_coords;
    gl_Position = matrix * vec4(position, 0.0, 1.0);

Similarly to the my_attr variable, the value of v_tex_coords will be interpolated so that each pixel gets a value that corresponds to its position. This value corresponds here to the coordinates in the texture that this pixel is attached to.

All that's left to do in our fragment shader is to get the value of the color at these coordinates in the texture with the texture() function that is provided by OpenGL.

#version 140

in vec2 v_tex_coords;
out vec4 color;

uniform sampler2D tex;

void main() {
    color = texture(tex, v_tex_coords);

As you can see, a texture is a uniform of type sampler2D. There are many types of textures and texture uniforms, and sampler2D corresponds to a simple two-dimensional texture.

Since the texture is a uniform, we have to pass a reference to it when drawing in the Rust code:

let uniforms = uniform! {
    matrix: [
        [1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0],
        [0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0],
        [0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0],
        [ t , 0.0, 0.0, 1.0f32],
    tex: &texture,

And here is the result:

The result

You can find the entire source code here.