Illumination and Color in Computer Generated Imagery

  • Roy Hall

Part of the Monographs in Visual Communication book series (VISUALCOMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 155-282

About this book


In a very broad sense the historical development of computer graphics can be considered in three phases, each a giant step down the road towards "realistic" computer generated images. The first, during the late 1960's and early 1970's, can perhaps be characterized as the "wire frame" era. Basically pictures were composed of lines. Considerable em­ phasis was placed on "real time" interactive manipulation of the model. As models became more complex and as raster technology developed, eliminating the hidden lines or hidden surfaces from the image became critical for visual understanding. This requirement resulted in the second phase of computer graphics, the "hidden surface" era, that developed during the 1970's and early 1980's. The names associated with hidden surface algorithms read like a who's who of computer graphics. The cul­ mination of the hidden surface era and the beginning of the current and third era in computer graphics, the "rendering" era, was Turner Whitted's incorporation of a global illumination model into the ray trac­ ing algorithm. Now the goal was not just to generate an image, but to generate a realistic appearing image.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Roy Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.Wavefront TechnologiesSanta BarbaraUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8141-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3526-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-6897
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