Synthetic Images on Real Surfaces

  • Marc Alexa
Conference paper


We describe several ways to create real surfaces that display one or more prescribed images formed by different effects on the surface, such as diffuse reflection or self-occlusion. Especially the effect of showing different images for different directions of light is surprising and not commonly seen in the real world. We discuss necessary theoretical limitations, measurements, and the different algorithms. The resulting surfaces have applications in entertainment, fabrication, and architecture.


Input Image Relief Surface Real Surface Synthetic Image Point Light Source 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Alexa
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  1. 1.Computer GraphicsTU BerlinGermany

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