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Repeatable texture sampling with interchangeable patches

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Rendering textures in real-time environments is a key task in computer graphics. This paper presents a new parallel patch-based method which allows repeatable sampling without cache, and does not create visual repetitions. Interchangeable patches of arbitrary shape are prepared in a preprocessing step, such that patches may lie over the boundary of other patches in a repeating tile. This compresses the example texture into an infinite texture map with small memory requirements, suitable for GPU and ray-tracing applications. The quality of textures rendered with this method can be tuned in the offline preprocessing step, and they can then be rendered in times comparable to Wang tiles. Experimental results demonstrate combined benefits in speed, memory requirements, and quality of randomisation when compared to previous methods.

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Kolář, M., Chalmers, A. & Debattista, K. Repeatable texture sampling with interchangeable patches. Vis Comput 32, 1263–1272 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00371-015-1161-4

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