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Source code
Dither.zip (441 KB)

GL_ATI_fragment_shader or GL_NV_register_combiners
This gotta be the first implementation of 1-bit perpixel lighting. Quite cool, but pretty useless .
What I have done is to render the scene into a texture, then I do some fake dithering to create a monocrome image which will looks somewhat decent for being monocrome. Real dithering will take neighbouring pixels into account, however, that's a little too much for realtime rendering, but there are tricks you can do to fake it. Tom Nuydens at Delphi3D has done some previous work in this area. Tom uses a dither pattern he replicates over the whole framebuffer in the alpha channel, then he does a dependent texture read to solve a expression of (red + alpha > 0.5)? 1 : 0. This works, but the pattern is easy to spot as shown in the screenshot on his page.

A better way (the way I do it ) is to create a texture containing random offsets of the full size of the rendered texture. The randomness can be tweaked until it looks nice. The random values are added to the rendered values and checked for > 0.5, and either a black or white pixel is outputted. No dependent texture read neccesary.

Thanks to Basic for the idea, certainly better than my previous implementation.

Will run on Radeon 8500/GF3 and up.