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The best-selling book on computer graphics is now available in this C-language version. All code has been converted into C, and changes through the ninth printing of the second edition have been incorporated. The book's many outstanding features continue to ensure its position as the standard computer graphics text and reference.

By uniquely combining current concepts and practical applications in computer graphics, four well-known authors provide here the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date coverage of the field. The important algorithms in 2D and 3D graphics are detailed for easy implementation, including a close look at the more subtle special cases. There is also a thorough presentation of the mathematical principles of geometric transformations and viewing.

In this book, the authors explore multiple perspectives on computer graphics: the user's, the application programmer's, the package implementor's, and the hardware designer's. For example, the issues of user-centered design are expertly addressed in three chapters on interaction techniques, dialogue design, and user interface software. Hardware concerns are examined in a chapter, contributed by Steven Molnar and Henry Fuchs, on advanced architectures for real-time, high performance graphics.

The comprehensive topic coverage includes:

  • Programming with SRGP, a simple but powerful raster graphics package that combines features of Apple's QuickDraw and the MIT X Window System graphics library.
  • Hierarchical, geometric modeling using SPHIGS, a simplified dialect of the 3D graphics standard PHIGS.
  • Raster graphics hardware and software, including both basic and advanced algorithms for scan converting and clipping lines, polygons, conics, spline curves, and text.
  • Image synthesis, including visible-surface determination, illumination and shading models, image manipulation, and antialiasing.
  • Techniques for photorealistic rendering, including ray tracing and radiosity methods.
  • Surface modeling with parametric polynomials, including NURBS, and solid-modeling representations such as B-reps, CSG, and octrees.
  • Advanced modeling techniques such as fractals, grammar-based models, particle systems.
  • Concepts of computer animation and descriptions of state-of-the-art animation systems.

Over 100 full-color plates and over 700 figures illustrate the techniques presented in the book.


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Provides comprehensive, current coverage of concepts and practical applications in computer graphics. The important algorithms in 2D and 3D graphics are detailed, and there is a thorough presentation of the mathematical principles of geometric transformations and viewing. The authors explore multiple perspectives on computer graphics: the user's, the application programmer's, the package implementor's, and the hardware designer's. For example, the issues of user-centered design are addressed in three chapters on interaction techniques, dialogue design, and user interface software. Hardware concerns are examined in a chapter on advanced architectures for real- time high-performance graphics.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 1113-1151) and index.

About the Author

James D. Foley (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is the founding director of the interdisciplinary Graphics, Visualization & Usability Center at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering. Coauthor with Andries van Dam of Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics, Foley is a member of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SIGCHI, the Human Factors Society, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society. He recently served as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics, and is on the editorial boards of Computers and Graphics, User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, and Presence. His research interests include model-based user interface development tools, user interface software, information visualization, multimedia, and human factors of the user interface. Foley is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi. At Georgia Tech, he has received College of Computing graduate student awards as Most Likely to Make Students Want to Grow Up to Be Professors, Most Inspirational Faculty Member, the campus Interdisciplinary Activities Award, and the Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award. In 1997, Foley received the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award.

Andries van Dam (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) was the first chairman of the Computer Science Department at Brown University. Currently Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown, he is also Director of the NSF/ARPA Science and Technology Center for Computer Graphics and Scientific Visualization. His research interests include computer graphics, hypermedia systems, and workstations. He is past Chairman of the Computing Research Association, Chief Scientist at Electronic Book Technologies, Chairman of Object Power's Technical Advisory Board, and a member of Microsoft's Technical Advisory Board. A Fellow of both the IEEE Computer Society and of ACM, he is also cofounder of ACM SIGGRAPH. Coauthor of the widely used book Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics with James Foley, and of Object-Oriented Programming in Pascal: A Graphical Approach, with D. Brookshire Conner and David Niguidula, he has, in addition, published over eighty papers. In 1990 van Dam received the NCGA Academic Award, in 1991, the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award, and in 1993 the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.

Steven K. Feiner (Ph.D., Brown University) is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab. His current research focuses on 3D user interfaces, virtual worlds, augmented reality, knowledge-based design of graphics and multimedia, animation, visualization, and hypermedia. Dr. Feiner is on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Graphics, IEEE Transactions on Visualizations and Computer Graphics, and Electronic Publishing, and is on the executive board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Graphics. He is a member of ACM SIGGRAPH and the IEEE Computer Society. In 1991 he received an ONR Young Investigator Award. Dr. Feiner's work has been published in over fifty papers and presented in numerous talks, tutorials, and panels.

John F. Hughes (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brown University, where he codirects the computer graphics group with Andries van Dam. His research interests are in applications of mathematics to computer graphics, scientific visualization, mathematical shape description, mathematical fundamentals of computer graphics, and low-dimensional topology and geometry. He is a member of the AMS, IEEE, and ACM SIGGRAPH. His recent papers have appeared in Computer Graphics, and in Visualization Conference Proceedings. He also has a long-standing interest in the use of computer graphics in mathematics education.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

Image Processing as Picture Analysis.

The Advantages of Interactive Graphics.

Representative Uses of Computer Graphics.

Classification of Applications.

Development of Hardware and Software for Computer Graphics.

Conceptual Framework for Interactive Graphics.

2. Programming in the Simple Raster Graphics Package (SRGP)/.

Drawing with SRGP/.

Basic Interaction Handling/.

Raster Graphics Features/.

Limitations of SRGP/.

3. Basic Raster Graphics Algorithms for Drawing 2d Primitives.


Scan Converting Lines.

Scan Converting Circles.

Scan Convertiing Ellipses.

Filling Rectangles.

Fillign Polygons.

Filling Ellipse Arcs.

Pattern Filling.

Thick Primiives.

Line Style and Pen Style.

Clipping in a Raster World.

Clipping Lines.

Clipping Circles and Ellipses.

Clipping Polygons.

Generating Characters.



4. Graphics Hardware.

Hardcopy Technologies.

Display Technologies.

Raster-Scan Display Systems.

The Video Controller.

Random-Scan Display Processor.

Input Devices for Operator Interaction.

Image Scanners.

5. Geometrical Transformations.

2D Transformations.

Homogeneous Coordinates and Matrix Representation of 2D Transformations.

Composition of 2D Transformations.

The Window-to-Viewport Transformation.


Matrix Representation of 3D Transformations.

Composition of 3D Transformations.

Transformations as a Change in Coordinate System.

6. Viewing in 3D.


Specifying an Arbitrary 3D View.

Examples of 3D Viewing.

The Mathematics of Planar Geometric Projections.

Implementing Planar Geometric Projections.

Coordinate Systems.

7. Object Hierarchy and Simple PHIGS (SPHIGS).

Geometric Modeling.

Characteristics of Retained-Mode Graphics Packages.

Defining and Displaying Structures.

Modeling Transformations.

Hierarchical Structure Networks.

Matrix Composition in Display Traversal.

Appearance-Attribute Handling in Hierarchy.

Screen Updating and Rendering Modes.

Structure Network Editing for Dynamic Effects.


Additional Output Features.

Implementation Issues.

Optimizing Display of Hierarchical Models.

Limitations of Hierarchical Modeling in PHIGS.

Alternative Forms of Hierarchical Modeling.

8. Input Devices, Interaction Techniques, and Interaction Tasks.

Interaction Hardware.

Basic Interaction Tasks.

Composite Interaction Tasks.

9. Dialogue Design.

The Form and Content of User-Computer Dialogues.

User-Interfaces Styles.

Important Design Considerations.

Modes and Syntax.

Visual Design.

The Design Methodology.

10. User Interface Software.

Basic Interaction-Handling Models.

Windows-Management Systems.

Output Handling in Window Systems.

Input Handling in Window Systems.

Interaction-Technique Toolkits.

User-Interface Management Systems.

11. Representing Curves and Surfaces.

Polygon Meshes.

Parametric Cubic Curves.

Parametric Bicubic Surfaces.

Quadric Surfaces.

12. Solid Modeling.

Representing Solids.

Regularized Boolean Set Operations.

Primitive Instancing.

Sweep Representations.

Boundary Representations.

Spatial-Partitioning Representations.

Constructive Solid Geometry.

Comparison of Representations.

User Interfaces for Solid Modeling.

13. Achromatic and Colored Light.

Achromatic Light.

Chromatic Color.

Color Models for Raster Graphics.

Reproducing Color.

Using Color in Computer Graphics.

14. The Quest for Visual Realism.

Why Realism?

Fundamental Difficulties.

Rendering Techniques for Line Drawings.

Rendering Techniques for Shaded Images.

Improved Object Models.



Improved Displays.

Interacting with Our Other Senses.

Aliasing and Antialiasing.

15. Visible-Surface Determination.

Functions of Two Variables.

Techniques for Efficient Visible-Surface Determination.

Algorithms for Visible-Line Determination.

The z-Buffer Algorithm.

List-Priority Algorithms.

Scan-Line Algorithms.

Area-Subdivision Algorithms.

Algorithms for Octrees.

Algorithms for Curved Surfaces.

Visible-Surface Ray Tracing.

16. Illumination And Shading.

Illumination Modeling.

Shading Models for Polygons.

Surface Detail.



Interobject Reflections.

Physically Based Illumination Models.

Extended Light Sources.

Spectral Sampling.

Improving the Camera Model.

Global Illumination Algorithms.

Recursive Ray Tracing.

Radiosity Methods.

The Rendering Pipeline.

17. Image Manipulation and Storage.

What Is an Image?


Image Processing.

Geometric Transformations of Images.

Multipass Transformations.

Image Compositing.

Mechanisms for Image Storage.

Special Effects with Images.


18. Advanced Raster Graphic Architecture.

Simple Raster-Display System.

Display-Processor Systems.

Standard Graphics Pipeline.

Introduction to Multiprocessing.

Pipeline Front-End Architecture.

Parallel Front-End Architectures.

Multiprocessor Rasterization Architectures.

Image-Parallel Rasterization.

Object-Parallel Rasterization.

Hybrid-Parallel Rasterization.

Enhanced Display Capabilities.

19. Advanced Geometric and Raster Algorithms.


Scan-Converting Primitives.


The Special Problems of Text.

Filling Algorithms.

Making copyPixel Fast.

The Shape Data Structure and Shape Algebra.

Managing Windows with bitBlt.

Page Description Languages.

20. Advanced Modeling Techniques.

Extensions of Previous Techniques.

Procedural Models.

Fractal Models.

Grammar-Based Models.

Particle Systems.

Volume Rendering.

Physically Based Modeling.

Special Models for Natural and Synthetic Objects.

Automating Object Placement.

21. Animation.

Conventional and Computer-Assisted Animation.

Animation Languages.

Methods of Controlling Animation.

Basic Rules of Animation.

Problems Peculiar to Animation.

Appendix: Mathematics for Computer Graphics.

Vector Spaces and Affine Spaces.

Some Standard Constructions in Vector Spaces.

Dot Products and Distances.


Linear and Affine Transformations.

Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.

Newton-Raphson Iteration for Root Finding.


Index. 0201848406T04062001

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Product Details

Hughes, John
Van Dam, Andries
Hughes, John
Foley, James D.
Feiner, Steven K.
Andries Van Dam
Hughes, John F.
Van Dam, Andries
Addison-Wesley Professional
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Computer Graphics - General
Computer graphics
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Edition Description:
In C
Addison-Wesley Systems Programming Series
Series Volume:
no. 1129
Publication Date:
August 1995
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.5 x 6.75 x 2 in 1782 gr

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