CGSD Bump Texture Tools Boost Graphics Realism

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Computer Graphics Systems Development

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Graphics Systems
 Development (CGSD) Corporation today released a new software product designed
 to help computer artists achieve high standards of realism in graphics images.
 The RealTexture Bump Texture Tools are plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop(R) for
 preparing bump textures.  Bump textures capture the properties of rough
 surfaces so that the surfaces look natural when viewed under varying lighting
 conditions in computer imagery.  Applications include computer animation,
 graphic arts, PC and video games, and training simulation.
     Capabilities for using bump texture have been in animation programs for
 some time, but have only recently appeared in the graphics accelerators used
 for real time interaction on PCs. While the capabilities for using bump
 textures have been advancing, the methods for preparing the patterns have
 remained a labor intensive barrier to using the capabilities.
     The Bump Texture Tools improve both the speed and accuracy of pattern
 preparation.  Users provide a photographic image as input, and the Bump
 Texture Tools deduce the location of surface variations from the shading
 patterns in the image. Providing multiple photographs taken under different
 lighting conditions allows the Bump Texture Tools to resolve difficult cases
 in which the subject has a strong color pattern on its surface in addition to
 bump variation. The shading variations can be removed from the image, so that
 the bump texture will be correctly shaded in arbitrary lighting.  A separate
 tool in the set allows users to preview results, and allows touch ups in
 Photoshop.
     CGSD President Roy Latham commented, "The RealTexture Bump Texture Tools
 cannot automatically resolve every case of shadowed surfaces, but it is such a
 step up from past ad hoc techniques that we are likely to see a dramatic
 increase in the use of bump mapping, especially in games."
     The RealTexture Bump Texture Tools are available for immediate delivery
 from the company web site, http://www.cgsd.com/bumptexture.  The Bump Texture
 Tools are well paired with CGSD's RealTexture Tools, a plug-in package for
 producing seamless color textures.
 
     CGSD is a privately held company in Mountain View, Calif., specializing in
 the development of virtual reality and simulation training systems.  Founded
 in 1990, the company offers products and services related to simulation,
 including consulting and full custom systems, as well as hardware and software
 system components.
 
     CONTACT:
     P.Y. Cheng
     650-903-4925
     pcheng@cgsd.com
 
     This release was issued through DigitalWork.com - Your Business Workshop.
 For more information, visit http://www.digitalwork.com .
 
 

SOURCE Computer Graphics Systems Development
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Graphics Systems
 Development (CGSD) Corporation today released a new software product designed
 to help computer artists achieve high standards of realism in graphics images.
 The RealTexture Bump Texture Tools are plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop(R) for
 preparing bump textures.  Bump textures capture the properties of rough
 surfaces so that the surfaces look natural when viewed under varying lighting
 conditions in computer imagery.  Applications include computer animation,
 graphic arts, PC and video games, and training simulation.
     Capabilities for using bump texture have been in animation programs for
 some time, but have only recently appeared in the graphics accelerators used
 for real time interaction on PCs. While the capabilities for using bump
 textures have been advancing, the methods for preparing the patterns have
 remained a labor intensive barrier to using the capabilities.
     The Bump Texture Tools improve both the speed and accuracy of pattern
 preparation.  Users provide a photographic image as input, and the Bump
 Texture Tools deduce the location of surface variations from the shading
 patterns in the image. Providing multiple photographs taken under different
 lighting conditions allows the Bump Texture Tools to resolve difficult cases
 in which the subject has a strong color pattern on its surface in addition to
 bump variation. The shading variations can be removed from the image, so that
 the bump texture will be correctly shaded in arbitrary lighting.  A separate
 tool in the set allows users to preview results, and allows touch ups in
 Photoshop.
     CGSD President Roy Latham commented, "The RealTexture Bump Texture Tools
 cannot automatically resolve every case of shadowed surfaces, but it is such a
 step up from past ad hoc techniques that we are likely to see a dramatic
 increase in the use of bump mapping, especially in games."
     The RealTexture Bump Texture Tools are available for immediate delivery
 from the company web site, http://www.cgsd.com/bumptexture.  The Bump Texture
 Tools are well paired with CGSD's RealTexture Tools, a plug-in package for
 producing seamless color textures.
 
     CGSD is a privately held company in Mountain View, Calif., specializing in
 the development of virtual reality and simulation training systems.  Founded
 in 1990, the company offers products and services related to simulation,
 including consulting and full custom systems, as well as hardware and software
 system components.
 
     CONTACT:
     P.Y. Cheng
     650-903-4925
     pcheng@cgsd.com
 
     This release was issued through DigitalWork.com - Your Business Workshop.
 For more information, visit http://www.digitalwork.com .
 
 SOURCE  Computer Graphics Systems Development