Proceedings: GI 2004

Decoupling BRDFs from surface mesostructures

Jan Kautz, Mirko Sattler, Ralf Sarlette, Reinhard Klein, Hans-Peter Seidel

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2004: London, Ontario, Canada, 17 - 19 May 2004, 177-182

  • BibTex

    author = {Kautz, Jan and Sattler, Mirko and Sarlette, Ralf and Klein, Reinhard and Seidel, Hans-Peter},
    title = {Decoupling BRDFs from surface mesostructures},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2004},
    series = {GI 2004},
    year = {2004},
    issn = {0-89791-213-6},
    isbn = {1-56881-227-2},
    location = {London, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {177--182},
    numpages = {6},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada},
    keywords = {Sampling},


We present a technique for the easy acquisition of realistic materials and mesostructures, without acquiring the actual BRDF. The method uses the observation that under certain circumstances the mesostructure of a surface can be acquired independently of the underlying BRDF.The acquired data can be used directly for rendering with little preprocessing. Rendering is possible using an offline renderer but also using graphics hardware, where it achieves real-time frame rates. Compelling results are achieved for a wide variety of materials.