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Author Orzan, Alexandrina ♦ Bousseau, Adrien ♦ Barla, Pascal ♦ Salesin, David ♦ Winnemöller, Holger ♦ Thollot, Joëlle
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract We describe a new vector-based primitive for creating smooth-shaded images, called the diffusion curve. A diffusion curve partitions the space through which it is drawn, defining different colors on either side. These colors may vary smoothly along the curve. In addition, the sharpness of the color transition from one side of the curve to the other can be controlled. Given a set of diffusion curves, the final image is constructed by solving a Poisson equation whose constraints are specified by the set of gradients across all diffusion curves. Like all vector-based primitives, diffusion curves conveniently support a variety of operations, including geometry-based editing, keyframe animation, and ready stylization. Moreover, their representation is compact and inherently resolution independent. We describe a GPU-based implementation for rendering images defined by a set of diffusion curves in real time. We then demonstrate an interactive drawing system for allowing artists to create artworks using diffusion curves, either by drawing the curves in a freehand style, or by tracing existing imagery. Furthermore, we describe a completely automatic conversion process for taking an image and turning it into a set of diffusion curves that closely approximate the original image content.
Description Affiliation: Inria - U. Bordeaux, Talence - France (Barla, Pascal) || Inria Sophia Antipolis, Sophia Antipolis - France (Bousseau, Adrien) || U. Grenoble - CNRS, Saint Ismier - France (Orzan, Alexandrina; Thollot, Joëlle) || Adobe Systems, Seattle, WA (Winnemöller, Holger; Salesin, David)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 56
Issue Number 7
Page Count 8
Starting Page 101
Ending Page 108

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