Using Stochastic Modeling for Texture Generation

Shinichiro Haruyama, Brian A. Barsky

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Blinn2produced wrinkled and bumpy textures by perturbing the direction of the surface normal vector, but his method required specific texture pattern data for perturbation. Noting that rough textures have inherently random structures, we have developed a new computer graphics method that uses stochastic modeling to generate highly realistic random textures. Stochastic modeling has been used in computer graphics by Fournier, Fussell, and Car-penter3to generate stochastic curves and surfaces. We use a similar technique except that we apply the stochastic function to the normal vectors instead of the surface position. We also extend the fractional Brownian motion (fBm) form of stochastic modeling by allowing different values of the self-similarity parameter h on different recursion levels. The self-similarity parameter determines how fast a stochastic factor decreases as the recursion level becomes deeper. If h is zero, then the fBm parameter is the same for all recursion levels. A large h creates a very smooth texture and a small h makes a very rough texture; this means that h can control the spatial frequency distribution. By using different self-similarity parameters for different recursion levels, we can adjust the roughness in more detail and even control the size of the wrinkles easily. Futhermore, we can control the height of the bumps in the texture by adjusting the standard deviation σ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-19
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1984 Mar
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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