Generating Shaded Offset Surfaces with Distance, Closest-Point and Color Volumes

David Breen and Sean Mauch, "Generating Shaded Offset Surfaces with Distance, Closest-Point and Color Volumes", Proceedings of the International Workshop on Volume Graphics, March 1999, pp. 307-320.

Abstract:
This paper presents a technique for color-shading offset surfaces of CSG models. The offset surfaces are generated by first scan converting the CSG model into a distance volume. A distance volume is a volume dataset where the value stored at each voxel is the shortest distance to the surface of the object being represented by the volume. Extracting iso-surfaces from the distance volume at various offset values produces the offset surfaces. The CSG model scan conversion process also produces closest-point and color volumes. The closest-point volume contains at each voxel the closest point on the scan converted CSG model from that voxel location. The color volume contains at each voxel the associated color on the CSG model at the closest point. During rendering of the offset surface, the color volume values are used to shade regions of constant color, and the closest point values are used to supersample the surface colors of the CSG model in order to anti-alias regions of changing color.



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