# glBlendEquationSeparate

set the RGB blend equation and the alpha blend equation separately

## Signature

glBlendEquationSeparate( GLenum ( modeRGB ) , GLenum ( modeAlpha ) )-> void
glBlendEquationSeparate( )
glBlendEquationSeparatei( GLuint ( buf ) , GLenum ( modeRGB ) , GLenum ( modeAlpha ) )-> void
glBlendEquationSeparatei( buf , )

## Parameters

VariablesDescription
buf
for glBlendEquationSeparatei , specifies the index of the draw buffer for which to set the blend equations.
modeRGB
specifies the RGB blend equation, how the red, green, and blue components of the source and destination colors are combined. It must be GL_FUNC_ADD , GL_FUNC_SUBTRACT , GL_FUNC_REVERSE_SUBTRACT , GL_MIN , GL_MAX .
modeAlpha
specifies the alpha blend equation, how the alpha component of the source and destination colors are combined. It must be GL_FUNC_ADD , GL_FUNC_SUBTRACT , GL_FUNC_REVERSE_SUBTRACT , GL_MIN , GL_MAX .

## Description

The blend equations determines how a new pixel (the ''source'' color) is combined with a pixel already in the framebuffer (the ''destination'' color). These functions specifie one blend equation for the RGB-color components and one blend equation for the alpha component. glBlendEquationSeparatei specifies the blend equations for a single draw buffer whereas glBlendEquationSeparate sets the blend equations for all draw buffers.
The blend equations use the source and destination blend factors specified by either glBlendFunc or glBlendFuncSeparate . See glBlendFunc or glBlendFuncSeparate for a description of the various blend factors.
In the equations that follow, source and destination color components are referred to as $\left({\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{s}}\right)$ and $\left({\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{d}},{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{d}},{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{d}},{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$ , respectively. The result color is referred to as $\left({\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{r}},{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{r}},{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{r}},{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{r}}\right)$ . The source and destination blend factors are denoted $\left({\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{R}},{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{G}},{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{B}},{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{A}}\right)$ and $\left({\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{R}},{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{G}},{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{B}},{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{A}}\right)$ , respectively. For these equations all color components are understood to have values in the range $\left[0,1\right]$ .
Mode RGB Components Alpha Component
$\mathit{Rr}={\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{R}}+{\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{R}}$
$\mathit{Gr}={\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{G}}+{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{G}}$
$\mathit{Br}={\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{B}}+{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{B}}$
$\mathit{Ar}={\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{A}}+{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{A}}$
GL_FUNC_SUBTRACT
$\mathit{Rr}={\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{R}}-{\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{R}}$
$\mathit{Gr}={\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{G}}-{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{G}}$
$\mathit{Br}={\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{B}}-{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{B}}$
$\mathit{Ar}={\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{A}}-{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{A}}$
GL_FUNC_REVERSE_SUBTRACT
$\mathit{Rr}={\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{R}}-{\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{R}}$
$\mathit{Gr}={\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{G}}-{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{G}}$
$\mathit{Br}={\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{B}}-{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{B}}$
$\mathit{Ar}={\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}}_{\mathit{A}}-{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{s}}{\mathit{s}}_{\mathit{A}}$
GL_MIN
$\mathit{Rr}=\mathit{min}\left({\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
$\mathit{Gr}=\mathit{min}\left({\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
$\mathit{Br}=\mathit{min}\left({\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
$\mathit{Ar}=\mathit{min}\left({\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
GL_MAX
$\mathit{Rr}=\mathit{max}\left({\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{R}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
$\mathit{Gr}=\mathit{max}\left({\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{G}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
$\mathit{Br}=\mathit{max}\left({\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{B}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
$\mathit{Ar}=\mathit{max}\left({\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{s}},{\mathit{A}}_{\mathit{d}}\right)$
The results of these equations are clamped to the range $\left[0,1\right]$ .
The GL_MIN and GL_MAX equations are useful for applications that analyze image data (image thresholding against a constant color, for example). The GL_FUNC_ADD equation is useful for antialiasing and transparency, among other things.
Initially, both the RGB blend equation and the alpha blend equation are set to GL_FUNC_ADD .

## Notes

The GL_MIN , and GL_MAX equations do not use the source or destination factors, only the source and destination colors.

## Errors

GL_INVALID_ENUM is generated if either modeRGB or modeAlpha is not one of GL_FUNC_ADD , GL_FUNC_SUBTRACT , GL_FUNC_REVERSE_SUBTRACT , GL_MAX , or GL_MIN .
GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated by glBlendEquationSeparatei if buf is greater than or equal to the value of GL_MAX_DRAW_BUFFERS .

## Associated Gets

glGet with an argument of GL_BLEND_EQUATION_RGB
glGet with an argument of GL_BLEND_EQUATION_ALPHA