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Proceedings Edge-Enhancement – An Algorithm for Real-Time Non-Photorealistic Rendering

Author(s): Marc Nienhaus, Jürgen Döllner.
Proceedings: 11th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision (WSCG), 2003.
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Abstract:
In this paper, we propose an algorithm for enhancing edges of real-time non-photorealistic renderings. It is based on the edge map, a 2D texture that encodes visually important edges of 3D scene objects, and includes silhouette edges, border edges, and crease edges. The edge map allows us to derive and augment a wide range of nonphotorealistic rendering styles. Furthermore, the algorithm is designed to be orthogonal to complementary realtime rendering techniques. The implementation is based on multipass rendering: First, we extract geometrical properties of 3D scene objects generating image-space data similar to G-buffers. Next, we extract discontinuities in the image-space data using common graphics hardware to emulate image-processing operations. In subsequent rendering passes, the algorithm applies texture mapping to combine the edge map with 3D scene objects.

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