Printing Spatially-Varying Reflectance

Wojciech Matusik, Boris Ajdin, Jinwei Gu, Fabio Pellacini, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, Boris Ajdin, Jason Lawrence, Hendrik P.A. Lensch, Fabio Pellacini, Szymon Rusinkiewicz

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Although real-world surfaces can exhibit significant variation in materials,-glossy, diffuse, metallic, etc.-printers are usually used to reproduce color or gray-scale images. We propose a complete system that uses appropriate inks and foils to print documents with a variety of material properties. Given a set of inks with known Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Functions (BRDFs), our system automatically finds the optimal linear combinations to approximate the BRDFs of the target documents. Novel gamutmapping algorithms preserve the relative glossiness between different BRDFs, and halftoning is used to produce patterns to be sent to the printer. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach with printed samples of a number of measured spatially-varying BRDFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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