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Proceedings Abstracted Painterly Renderings Using Eye-Tracking Data

Author(s): Anthony Santella, Doug DeCarlo.
Proceedings: Proceedings of Second International Symposium on Non Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR 2002, Annecy, France, June 3--5, 2002), pp. 75--82, New York, NY, USA, June 3-5, ACM Press, 2002.
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When used by artists, manual interfaces for painterly rendering can yield very satisfying abstract transformations of images. Automatic techniques produce interesting paintings as well, but can only recast pictures in a different style without performing any abstraction. At best, information is removed uniformly across the image, without emphasizing the important content. We describe a new approach for the creation of painterly renderings that draws on a model of human perception and is driven by eye-tracking data. This approach can perform meaningful abstraction using this data, with the minimum interaction possible: the user need only look at the image for several seconds. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this interactive technique and compare it with a fully automatic approach.

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