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Polygon Shading

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Assigning color to a shape to make graphical scenes look realistic, or artistic, or whatever effect we’re attempting to achieve But first we must digress…

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Triangles We chose triangles as our area-based drawing primitive –Always convex –Easy to shade using a scanline algorithm, as we’ll see 23 1

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Shading Triangles To shade the interior of a triangle we need to access each pixel within the interior –We can do this using something called barycentric coordinates They provide a parametric form of a triangle –But, as we’ll see, there is an easier way Once we can do this we can assign a color to each pixel

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Shading There are two basic methods for assigning color to the interior pixels of an object (shading the object) Constant shading (with 2 sub-methods) –Per object –Per triangle Pixel based shading –Per vertex

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Per-object Shading Recall the quadrilateral (or any general polygon with more than 3 sides) which we decided not to use

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Per-object Shading To shade it in a per-object fashion we merely assign every pixel within the polygon the same RGB color value

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Per-object Shading Efficient scan line algorithms for such shading are difficult, as previously discussed Furthermore, this method does not produce very satisfying results [if photo- realistic graphics is the goal] and therefore is rarely used The only advantage is that object colors can be specified off-line.

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Per-triangle Shading In this method we do first divide the polygon into triangles Various techniques exist for performing this operation (e.g. Delauney triangulation) It is generally performed off line during the modeling of the objects

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Per-triangle Shading Then, once we have the triangles we can shade each one individually

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Per-triangle Shading Efficient scan line algorithms for such shading are available, as we will see –At very least the barycentric coordinates will help us Results are better than with per-object shading but still not great Where to store the color for each triangle may be problematic in that most efficient drawing systems allow triangle vertices to be reused for neighboring triangle specification

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Triangle Vertices Rather than specify 9 vertices for these 3 triangles We specify the first 3 then let the next triangle share 2 Using a prescribed order we get a triangle strip Long strips save a lot of resources (time, space)

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Triangle Vertices and Color But, given a triangle strip, in which vertex do you store the color for a given triangle when using per-triangle shading? Specify a convention and stick to it –e.g. the last vertex specified

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Vertex Color What exactly does the vertex color represent and how is it represented? Use of triangles to represent a curved (or any) 3D surface is called tessellation and results in a faceted model of the surface –Basically, this saves memory and processing time Each surface will have at every triangle (point) –an orientation –a reflectance model –a natural color –Possibly other attributes

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Vertex Color Perhaps the most important of these attributes is the orientation The orientation is a unit vector that is normal (perpendicular) to the surface at the given point The normals are used to determine the displayed color of an object after the lighting and viewer parameters have been defined (at run time)

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Surface Normals To get the surface normal at the triangle vertices we average the normals of the triangles that meet at the vertex This method of assigning vertex normals is the basis for Gouraud Shading (Henri Gouraud)

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Per-vertex (Gouraud) Shading Points on a given triangle are assigned a color that is a linear interpolation of the three vertex colors (as determined by their normals, color, surface material, the lighting model, and the viewer model) Gouraud does not care where the vertex colors come from, just that they are there

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Per-vertex (Gouraud) Shading Gouraud shading is really nothing more than a linear interpolation of the 3 vertex colors Thus, all we have to do is interpolate the colors along the three edges –You can use the Bresenham algorithm for this Then interpolate colors along scan lines

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Per-vertex (Gouraud) Shading P 0 (R 0, G 0, B 0 ) P 1 (R 1, G 1, B 1 ) P 2 (R 2, G 2, B 2 ) Interpolate between two end points of line segment

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Triangle Shading Per-triangle (constant) shading Per-vertex (Gouraud) shading

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Mach Bands Linear interpolation (Gouraud) provides realistic looking smooth surfaces most of the time But, Gouraud shading is not always good enough to fool the human visual system Due to the way cones in the eye are connected to the optic nerve, the human visual system has great sensitivity to small intensity changes –This is due to a property called lateral inhibition It is especially apparent at sharp intensity changes and changes in intensity gradient direction

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Mach Bands The human visual system tends to “overshoot” intensities at transition points Although this quadrilateral is made of two triangles that share an edge, we still perceive a bright line Mach Band effect

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Mach Bands The answer to this phenomenon is to invent algorithms that provide even more smoothness in intensity transitions… …which results in greater computational cost

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Phong Shading Phong took Gouraud’s ideas a step further Rather than using the 3 vertex normals to define 3 vertex colors then interpolate the interior points of the triangle based on those colors, he interpolates the surface normals at each point then computes the color This results in –Reduced [but not eliminated] Mach Banding –More accurate representation of specular highlights –More computational requirements

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Lighting The modeler assigns colors to vertices off line (during the design process) The shader combines the vertex color and the lighting specification to determine a render color for a vertex at run time The simplest lighting model is a cosine function

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Cosine model lighting Lambertian reflector –Reflected energy from a small surface area in a particular direction is proportional to the cosine of the angle between that direction and the surface normal –It is not dependent on the position of the viewer

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Cosine model lighting The cosine can be computed by taking the vector dot product between the surface normal and the light source –Just make sure that both are normalized to unit vectors Surface (triangle facet) Surface normal Light source

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Calculating surface normals You already know how to compute the surface normal (orientation) for a triangle –Use the vector cross product –Make sure you know which direction your triangles are specified in (clockwise or counter-clockwise) u v (u X v) would be pointing out of the page

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Assignment For the sphere model, do a per triangle shader –Calculate the surface normal for each triangle –Calculate the color of the triangle Set a light source (x, y, z) Set the color to R=G=B=dot(normal, light) Use your Bresenham code to scan each triangle into a scratch buffer Copy the scratch buffer into the on screen render buffer Gouraud’s technique (per vertex) is more difficult –Have to find a way to compute the normal at each vertex then compute the dot product with the light source – think about how you might do it

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