Jim Blinn's Corner: A Trip Down the Graphics Pipeline (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics)

By Jim Blinn

For nearly 3 many years eminent desktop graphicist Jim Blinn has coupled his clinical wisdom and inventive talents to foster the expansion of the pc images box. His many contributions comprise the Voyager Fly-by animations of area missions to Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus; The Mechanical Universe, a 52-part telecourse of lively physics; and the pc animation of Carl Sagan's PBS sequence Cosmos. furthermore, Blinn, the recipient of the 1st SIGGRAPH special effects success Award, has built many regular pix options, together with bump mapping, atmosphere mapping, and blobby modeling.
Blinn stocks his perception and adventure in "Jim Blinn's Corner," an award-winning column within the technical journal IEEE special effects and Applications within which he unveils his most dear pics equipment and observations. This ebook, a compendium of 20 of the column's articles, leads you thru the "graphics pipeline" providing a wealth of guidance and tips. It explores universal snap shots difficulties, a lot of that have by no means earlier than been addressed.
a useful source for any pics expert
In his enjoyable and inspirational kind, Blinn examines various themes to assist special effects software program and alertness builders realize and remedy pictures programming difficulties. targeting geometry and the pics pipeline, he shares:

  • easy to appreciate factors of inauspicious options gleaned from years of teaching
  • interesting examples of difficult distinct situations that reason traditional algorithms to fail
  • highly sophisticated algorithms for clipping, viewing, lighting fixtures, and rendering
  • easy to appreciate factors of inauspicious strategies gleaned from years of teaching
  • interesting examples of tough detailed circumstances that reason traditional algorithms to fail
  • highly subtle algorithms for clipping, viewing, lighting fixtures, and rendering

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