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 Processing aware image filtering: compensating for the upsampling July 20, 2021
 Comparing images in frequency domain. “Spectral loss” – does it make sense? July 6, 2021
 On leaving California and the Silicon Valley June 28, 2021
 Neural material (de)compression – datadriven nonlinear dimensionality reduction May 30, 2021
 Superfast voidandcluster Blue Noise in Python (Numpy/Jax) April 21, 2021
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Processing aware image filtering: compensating for the upsampling
This post summarizes some thoughts and experiments on “filtering aware image filtering” I’ve been doing for a while. The core idea is simple – if you have some “fixed” step at the end of the pipeline that you cannot control … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged algorithms, digital signal processing, filtering, graphics, image processing, jax, postprocessing, signal processing
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Comparing images in frequency domain. “Spectral loss” – does it make sense?
Recently, numerous academic papers in the machine learning / computer vision / image processing domains (re)introduce and discuss a “frequency loss function” or “spectral loss” – and while for many it makes sense and nicely improves achieved results, some of … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged algorithms, image processing, linear algebra, machine learning, maths, neural networks
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On leaving California and the Silicon Valley
Beginning of the year, my wife and I made a final call – to leave California, “as soon as possible”. To be fair, we talked about this for a long time; a few years, but without any concrete date or … Continue reading
Posted in Travel / Photography
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Neural material (de)compression – datadriven nonlinear dimensionality reduction
In this post I come back to something I didn’t expect coming back to – dimensionality reduction and compression for whole material texture sets (as opposed to single textures) – a significantly underexplored topic. In one of my past posts … Continue reading
Superfast voidandcluster Blue Noise in Python (Numpy/Jax)
This is a super short blog post to accompany this Colab notebook. It’s not an official part of my dithering / Blue Noise post series, but thematically fits it well and be sure to check it out for some motivation … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged blue noise, dithering, graphics programming, jax, numpy, python
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Computing gradients on grids of pixels and voxels – forward, central, and… diagonal differences
In this post, I will focus on gradients of image signals defined on grids in computer graphics and image processing. Specifically, gradients / derivatives of images, height fields, distance fields, when they are represented as discrete, uniform grids of pixels … Continue reading
Bilinear down/upsampling, aligning pixel grids, and that infamous GPU half pixel offset
It’s been more than two decades of me using bilinear texture filtering, a few months since I’ve written about bilinear resampling, but only two days since I discovered a bug of mine related to it. 😅 Similarly, just last week … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged digital signal processing, gpu, image processing, libraries, numpy, sampling, signal processing, upsampling
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Is this a branch?
Let’s try a new format – “shorts”; small blog posts where I elaborate on ideas that I’d discuss at my twitter, but they either come back over and over, or the short form doesn’t convey all the nuances. I often … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged assembly, cpu, gpu, optimizations, profiling, programming, simd
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Converting wavetables to Ableton Operator AMS waves
This blog post comes with Ableton Operator AMS “wavetables” here. In Ableton’s FM synth you can use different types of oscillator waves as your operators (both carriers as well as modulators), as well as draw custom ones: What is not … Continue reading
Posted in Audio / Music / DSP
Tagged ableton, digital signal processing, dsp, fourier, frequency domain, numpy, python, synthesis
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Why are video games graphics (still) a challenge? Productionizing rendering algorithms
Intro This post will cover challenges and aspects of production to consider when creating new rendering / graphics techniques and algorithms – especially in the context of applied research for real time rendering. I will base this on my personal … Continue reading
Compressing PBR material texture sets with sparsity and kSVD dictionary learning
Introduction In this blog post, I am going to continue exploration of compressing whole PBR texture sets together (as opposed to compressing each texture from the set separately) and using the fact that those textures are strongly correlated. In my … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged compression, graphics, graphics programming, image processing, linear algebra, machine learning, maths, PBR, rendering, signal processing, textures
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Dimensionality reduction for image and texture set compression
In this blog post I am going to describe some of my past investigations on reducing the number of channels in textures / texture sets automatically and generally – without assuming anything about texture contents other than correspondence to some … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged compression, graphics, image processing, linear algebra, machine learning, maths, PBR, physicallybased shading, textures
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“Optimizing” blue noise dithering – backpropagation through Fourier transform and sorting
Introduction This will be a blog post that is second in an (unanticipated) series on interesting uses of the JAX numpy autodifferentiation library, as well as an extra post in my very old post series on dithering in games and … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged blue noise, dithering, frequency domain, image processing, jax, machine learning, noise, numpy, python
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Bilinear texture filtering – artifacts, alternatives, and frequency domain analysis
In this post we will look at one of the staples of realtime computer graphics – bilinear texture filtering. To catch your interest, I will start with focusing on something that is often referred to as “bilinear artifacts”, trapezoid/starshaped artifact … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged blur, filtering, image processing, postprocessing, temporal, temporal supersampling
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Using JAX, numpy, and optimization techniques to improve separable image filters
In today’s blog post I will look at two topics: how to use JAX (“hyped” new Python ML / autodifferentiation library), and a basic application that is followup to my previous blog post on using SVD for lowrank approximations and … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged bokeh, colab, github, graphics programming, image processing, jax, machine learning, maths, numpy, postprocessing, programming, python
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Separate your filters! Separability, SVD and lowrank approximation of 2D image processing filters
In this blog post, I explore separable convolutional image filters: how can we check if a 2D filter is separable, and how to compute separable approximations to any arbitrary 2D filter represented in a numerical / matrix form using SVD. Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged algorithms, approximation, blur, bokeh, depth of field, graphics, image processing, linear algebra, numpy, optimizations, postprocessing, python
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Analyze your own activity data using Google Takeout – music listening stats example
The goal of this post is to show how to download our own data stored and used by internet services to generate personalized stats / charts like below and will show stepbystep how to do it using colab, Python, pandas, … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged colab, data, numpy, programming, python, statistics, visualization
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Local linear models and guided filtering – an alternative to bilateral filter
Intro In this blog post I am going to describe an alternative tool for the graphics and image processing programmers’ toolbox – guided filtering. Guided filtering is a really handy tool that I learned about from my coworkers, and I … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged bilateral, graphics, image processing, machine learning, postprocessing, python, signal processing, ssao, upsampling
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How (not) to test graphics algorithms
Intro Siggraph 2019 is sadly over, but as always I came back super inspired and grateful for meeting many friends. Conferences are mostly not about seeing the presentations – but about all the interesting and inspiring discussions, and one of … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged code design, code style, graphics, graphics programming, programming, siggraph, testing, tests
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Checkerboard rendering, rotated antialiasing and grid frequencies
This post is inspired by three interesting statements or questions that I heard and are interconnected by nonobvious theory: First was regarding so called checkerboard rendering (example1 example2) – what is advantage of using it? After all it’s the same as … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged antialiasing, fourier, frequency domain, sampling, signal theory, supersampling
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