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Learning Computer Graphics

From 3D Models to Animated Movies on Your PC


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Shalini Govil-Pai, Rajesh Pai
    Pages 1-9
  3. Shalini Govil-Pai, Rajesh Pai
    Pages 11-49
  4. Shalini Govil-Pai, Rajesh Pai
    Pages 51-79
  5. Shalini Govil-Pai, Rajesh Pai
    Pages 81-105
  6. Shalini Govil-Pai, Rajesh Pai
    Pages 107-130
  7. Shalini Govil-Pai, Rajesh Pai
    Pages 131-133
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-152

About this book


• Modeling - creating objects in three-dimensional space. • Animation - assigning a time-varying geometry and behavior to the modeled object. • Rendering - creating a photorealistic image of the modeled object. • Image Manipulation - enhancing rendered images to produce desired special effects. This book is organized to give the reader a clear and concise over­ view of the above basic principles in computer graphics. New concepts introduced in a chapter are illustrated by hands-on projects using the software provided. The chapters are organized as described below: Chapter 1 providesanoverviewofcomputergraphics (CG) andhow it has evolved. It includes an introduction to computer graphics ter­ minology and definitions. Chapter 2 describes what modeling means in CG. The concept of wire frame models is elucidated. Basic models (sphere, cube, cylinder, cone, polygon) are covered and an insight into polygonal representa­ tions of other complex objects is also provided. The projects included in this chapter involve use of modeling concepts leamed in the chapter. Chapter 3 discusses animation in detail. Principles of frame ani­ mation and real time animation are explained. The reader is given the opportunity to animate the modeled objects from Chapter 2. Chapter 4 covers rendering of the wire frame objects created in Chapter 2. The fundamentals oflighting, shading, and texture mapping are discussed. The objects created in Chapter 2 are rendered by the user and the complete animation is seen in a rendered form.


3D Mapping animation computer animation computer graphics modeling rendering shading

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