Proceedings: GI 2014

Coordinated particle systems for image stylization

Chujia Wei , David Mould

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2014: Montréal, Québec, Canada, 7 - 9 May 2014, 225-233

DOI 10.20380/GI2014.29

  • Bibtex

    author = {Wei, Chujia and Mould, David},
    title = {Coordinated particle systems for image stylization},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2014},
    series = {GI 2014},
    year = {2014},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-4822-6003-8},
    location = {Montr{\'e}al, Qu{\'e}bec, Canada},
    pages = {225--233},
    numpages = {9},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2014.29},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},


Our paper provides an approach to create line-drawing stylizations of input images. The main idea is to use particle tracing with interaction between nearby particles: the particles coordinate their movements so as to produce varied but roughly parallel traces. The particle density varies according to the tone in the input images, thereby expressing bright and dark areas. Using procedural distributions of particles, we can also generate smooth abstract patterns.