Scott H Scott H - 1 year ago 133
Javascript Question

Sprite Labels with React-Three-Renderer (MVCE included)

I'm using react-three-renderer (npm, github) for building a scene with three.js.

I'm attempting to use

to make a label that always faces the camera, much like in stemkoski's example.

However, I'm having trouble getting the label to display and appropriately setting its coordinates. I have a minimally verifiable complete example at Sprite-Label-Test. Download it, run
npm install
, and open _dev/public/home.html.

My goal is to see text displayed where I expect it, but as you'll see, it's just blackness. To prove that the sprite is in the view of the camera, I put a box at the same position. To see that uncomment it from the render method and re-gulp.

Here's my file. It has two main components, the
method, where the text is created for the sprite, and the

var React = require('react');
var React3 = require('react-three-renderer');
var THREE = require('three');
var ReactDOM = require('react-dom');

class Simple extends React.Component {
constructor(props, context) {
super(props, context);

// construct the position vector here, because if we use 'new' within render,
// React will think that things have changed when they have not.
this.cameraPosition = new THREE.Vector3(0, 0, 100);

componentDidMount() {
var text = "Hello world";
var canvas = document.createElement('canvas');
var context = canvas.getContext('2d');
var metrics = context.measureText( text );
var textWidth = metrics.width;

context.font = "180px arial Bold";
context.fillStyle = "rgba(255,0,0,1)";
context.strokeStyle = "rgba(255,0,0,1)";
context.lineWidth = 4;

context.fillText( text, 0, 0);

var texture = new THREE.Texture(canvas)
texture.needsUpdate = true; = texture;
this.spriteMaterial.useScreenCoordinates = false;

render() {
const width = window.innerWidth; // canvas width
const height = window.innerHeight; // canvas height

var position = new THREE.Vector3(0, 0, 10);
var scale = new THREE.Vector3(1,1,1);

return (<React3
mainCamera="camera" // this points to the perspectiveCamera which has the name set to "camera" below
aspect={width / height}

<sprite position={position} scale={scale} ref={(sprite) => this.sprite = sprite}>
<spriteMaterial ref={(spriteMaterial) => this.spriteMaterial = spriteMaterial}></spriteMaterial>
{/*<mesh position={position}>

ReactDOM.render(<Simple/>, document.querySelector('.root-anchor'));

What am I doing wrong? How can I display a sprite text label in the position established with the line
var position = new THREE.Vector3(0, 0, 10);
? Thanks in advance.

Answer Source

All you've got is one tiny mistake:

Text drawn on <canvas> is anchored at the bottom-left corner. So drawing text at (0,0) won't even be visible. It'll be entirely outside the canvas (shown in white below):

Text outside canvas

-    context.fillText( text, 0, 0);
+    context.fillText( text, 0, 18);

This is why @df uses fontsize when setting the drawing location on line 147.

Also, you're camera wasn't looking at anything. React-Three lets do this as an attribute to your <perspectiveCamera/>.

+          lookAt={this.cameraLook}

I opened a pull request against your MVCE repository.

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