procedural texture


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procedural texture

An algorithmic way of describing a texture. Unlike a bitmapped texture, in which the texture is represented as a bitmap, a procedural texture describes the texture mathematically. Although not widely used, this method is resolution independent and can create more precise textures, especially if there is great and varying depth to the objects being textured. Procedural textures may be 2D or 3D. See texture mapping and volumetric texture.
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Another example might be a dynamically generated procedural texture created in OpenCL used as a texture when rendering a 3D object in the scene.
- Based on real-life photos, PixPlant generates interesting realistic textures without the complication of procedural texture generation tools.
The variety of pastel tones is evoked with a procedural texture. "Chaos," by Peter Schroder, is the left panel of "The Gold Triptych-Artifacts from an alien religious site." This piece was computed on a massively parallel computer, and the software uses symbolic mathematical and procedural representations for generating the images.
- Based on real-life photos, PixPlant generates realistic textures without the complication of procedural texture generation tools.
The shading texts reviews the basics of the guide and offers chapters on the shading languages built-in functions, shader development, stored and procedural texture shaders, lighting, shadows, surface characteristics, noise, animation, antialiasing procedural textures, non-photorealisitic shaders, shaders for imaging, and language comparison.
Procedural textures are covered, including interface design.