Fast Extraction of BRDFs and Material Maps from Images
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The bidirectional reflectance distribution function has a four dimensional parameter space and such high dimensionality makes it impractical to use it directly in hardware rendering. When a BRDF has no analytical representation, common solutions to overcome this problem include expressing it as a sum of basis functions or factorizing it into several functions of smaller dimensions. This thesis describes factorization extensions that significantly improve factor computation speed and eliminate drawbacks of previous techniques that overemphasize low sample values. The improved algorithm is used to calculate factorizations and material maps from colored images. The technique presented in this thesis allows interactive definition of arbitrary materials, and although this method is based on physical parameters, it can be also used for achieving a variety of non-photorealistic effects.