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Interactive On-Surface Signal Deformation

Ritschel, T; Thormahlen, T; Dachsbacher, C; Kautz, J; Seidel, HP; (2010) Interactive On-Surface Signal Deformation. ACM T GRAPHIC , 29 (4) , Article 36. 10.1145/1778765.1778773.

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We present an interactive system for the artistic control of visual phenomena visible on surfaces. Our method allows the user to intuitively reposition shadows, caustics, and indirect illumination using a simple click-and-drag user interface working directly on surfaces. In contrast to previous approaches, the positions of the lights or objects in the scene remain unchanged, enabling localized edits of individual shading components. Our method facilitates the editing by computing a mapping from one surface location to another. Based on this mapping, we can not only edit shadows, caustics, and indirect illumination but also other surface properties, such as color or texture, in a unified way. This is achieved using an intuitive user-interface that allows the user to specify position constraints with drag-and-drop or sketching operations directly on the surface. Our approach requires no explicit surface parametrization and handles scenes with arbitrary topology. We demonstrate the applicability of the approach to interactive editing of shadows, reflections, refractions, textures, caustics, and diffuse indirect light. The effectiveness of the system to achieve an artistic goal is evaluated by a user study.

Type: Article
Title: Interactive On-Surface Signal Deformation
DOI: 10.1145/1778765.1778773
Keywords: intuitive editing, deformation, shadows, light design, texture, real-time rendering, graphics hardware
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/154875
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