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This function creates a render target element, which is a special type of texture that can be drawn on with the dx functions. Successful render target creation is not guaranteed, and may fail due to hardware or memory limitations.

To see if creation is likely to fail, use dxGetStatus. (When VideoMemoryFreeForMTA is zero, failure is guaranteed.)

[[{{{image}}}|link=|]] Tip: Use dxSetBlendMode to get better quality
[[{{{image}}}|link=|]] Tip: It is highly recommended that dxSetTestMode is used when writing and testing scripts using dxCreateRenderTarget.
[[{{{image}}}|link=|]] Note: Render targets are usually cleared when the player minimizes MTA (i.e. alt-tab). See onClientRestore for details on when to restore any fixed content.


element dxCreateRenderTarget ( int width, int height [, bool withAlpha = false ] )

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Method: DxRenderTarget(...)

Required Arguments

  • width : The width of the texture in pixels.
  • height : The height of the texture in pixels.
  • withAlpha: The render target will be created with an alpha channel. 'false' will turn images' alpha channels to black color


Returns a texture element if successful, false if the system is unable to create a render target.

You should always check to see if this function has returned false.


What is a rendertarget? A rendertarget is like a big, white paper(or if you set alpha to true, it will be a transparent paper) that you can draw on, after you drawn on it, you can draw it as many times as you like, without impacting performance. It could be used for dashboard, where a few hundred dxDraw* functions are called, so, instead of calling these every frame, you can just draw it on a render target, and draw the render target, instead of every information one by one.


local myRenderTarget = dxCreateRenderTarget(500, 500, true)
addEventHandler("onClientResourceStart", resourceRoot,
        myRenderTarget = dxCreateRenderTarget( 80, 100 )            -- Create a render target texture which is 80 x 100 pixels

addEventHandler( "onClientRender", root,
        if myRenderTarget then
            dxSetRenderTarget( myRenderTarget )                     -- Start drawing on myRenderTarget
            dxDrawText ( "Hello", 10, 20 )                          -- Draw a message
            dxSetRenderTarget()                                     -- Stop drawing on myRenderTarget

            dxDrawImage( 50,  50,  100, 100, myRenderTarget )       -- Now use myRenderTarget as a material and draw it lots of times
            dxDrawImage( 150, 350, 150, 100, myRenderTarget )
            dxDrawImage( 250, 250, 100, 150, myRenderTarget )
            dxDrawImage( 350, 30,  150, 150, myRenderTarget )

-- Function to draw text to our render target with '''modulate_add''' blend mode when the 'r' key is pressed
function updateRenderTarget()
    dxSetRenderTarget(myRenderTarget, true)
    dxSetBlendMode("modulate_add")  -- Set 'modulate_add' when drawing stuff on the render target

    dxDrawText("Testing "..getTickCount(), 0, 0, 0, 0, tocolor(255, 255, 255, 255), 2, "clear")

    dxSetBlendMode("blend")         -- Restore default blending
    dxSetRenderTarget()             -- Restore default render target
bindKey("r", "down", updateRenderTarget )

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