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 Computing gradients on grids of pixels and voxels – forward, central, and… diagonal differences February 28, 2021
 Bilinear down/upsampling, aligning pixel grids, and that infamous GPU half pixel offset February 15, 2021
 Is this a branch? January 18, 2021
 Converting wavetables to Ableton Operator AMS waves January 5, 2021
 Why are video games graphics (still) a challenge? Productionizing rendering algorithms December 27, 2020
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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
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
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Tagged compression, graphics, graphics programming, image processing, linear algebra, machine learning, maths, PBR, rendering, signal processing, textures
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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
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Tagged bokeh, colab, github, graphics programming, image processing, jax, maths, numpy, postprocessing, programming, python
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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
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Tagged code design, code style, graphics, graphics programming, programming, siggraph, testing, tests
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Dithering part three – real world 2D quantization dithering
In previous two parts of this blog post miniseries I described basic uses mentioned blue noise definition, referenced/presented 2 techniques of generating blue noise and one of many general purpose highfrequency lowdiscrepancy sampling sequences. In this post, we will look … Continue reading
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Tagged bayer, blue noise, dithering, fourier, graphics, graphics programming, interleaved gradient noise, mathematica, mathematics, maths, noise, programming, sampling
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Dithering part two – golden ratio sequence, blue noise and highpassandremap
In previous part of the miniseries I covered dithering definition and how dithering changes error characteristics of simple 1D quantization and functions. In this part I will try to look at what blue noise is, but first wanted to have a … Continue reading
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Tagged blue noise, dithering, golden ratio, graphics, graphics programming, low discrepancy, noise, programming
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Dithering in games – mini series
This an opening post of mini blog post series about various uses of dithering for quantization and sampling in video games. It is something most of us use intuitively in every day work, so wanted to write down some of … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged blue noise, dithering, graphics, graphics programming, mathematica, noise, programming, sampling
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Image dynamic range
Intro This post is a second part of my miniseries about dynamic range in games. In this part I would like to talk a bit about dynamic range, contrast/gamma and viewing conditions. You can find the other post in the series here and … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged dynamic range, graphics, graphics programming, HDR, mathematica, mathematics, postprocessing, tonemapping, visuals
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Localized tonemapping – is global exposure and global tonemapping operator enough for video games?
In this blog post, I wanted to address something that I was thinking about for many years – since starting working on rendering in video games and with HDR workflows and having experience with various photographic techniques. For the title … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics, Travel / Photography
Tagged exposure, film, God of War, graphics, graphics programming, photography, photos, postprocessing, tonemapping
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White balance and physically based rendering pipelines. Part 2 – practical problems.
White balance and lighting conditions After this long introduction (be sure to check part one if you haven’t!), we can finally go to the problem that started whole idea for this post (as in my opinion it is unsolved problem – … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics, Travel / Photography
Tagged assassin's creed, color management, graphics, graphics programming, IBL, ideas, image based lighting, panoramas, PBR, photogrammetry, photography, physicallybased shading, srgb, the witcher 2: assassins of kings, white balance, witcher 2
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White balance and physically based rendering pipelines. Part 1 – introduction.
This is part one of the whole article. Part two is here. In this two posts (started as one, but I had to split it to make it more… digestible) I’m going to talk a bit about the white balance. First … Continue reading
Fixing screenspace deferred decals
Screenspace deferred decals are a very popular technique. There were so many presentations and blog posts about it that I will just list couple of them (just a first google search results page to be honest…) in no particular order: … Continue reading
Anamorphic lens flares and visual effects
Introduction There are no visual effects that are more controversial than various lens and sensor effects. Lens flares, bloom, dirty lens, chromatic aberrations… All of those have their lovers and haters. Couple years ago many games used cheap pseudo HDR effect … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged algorithms, anamorphic, bokeh, C#, cinematography, depth of field, film, flares, graphics, graphics programming, history, lens, movies, photography, postprocessing, programming
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Designing a nextgeneration posteffects pipeline
Hey, it’s been a while since my last post. Today I will focus on topic of posteffects. Specifically, I wanted to talk about nextgen post process pipeline and redesign I worked on while being a part of Far Cry 4 rendering team. … Continue reading
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Tagged 1080p, algorithms, far cry 4, graphics, graphics programming, photography, PlayStation 4, postprocessing, programming, Xbox One
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CSharpRenderer Framework update
In couple days I’m saying goodbye to my big desktop PC for several next weeks (relocation), so time to commit some stuff to my CSharpRenderer GitHub repository that was waiting for it for way too long. 🙂 Startup time optimizations … Continue reading
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Tagged .NET, C#, framework, graphics, graphics programming, postprocessing, programming, tools
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New debugging options in CSharpRenderer framework
Hi, minor update to my C#/.NET graphics rendering framework / playground got just submitted to GitHub. I implemented following new features: Surface debugging snapshots One of commentators asked me how to easily display for debug SSAO buffer – I had no easy … Continue reading
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Tagged .NET, C#, framework, github, graphics, graphics programming
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Updated Poissonlike generator with GUI and more
Just a super short note: I updated my simple renderingoriented Poissonlike pattern generator with: Very simple GUI made in PyQt to make experimenting easier. Option to do rotating disk (with minimizing rotated point distance) for things like Poisson bokeh / … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged algorithms, Anaconda, antialiasing, graphics programming, mathematica, poisson, programming, pyqt, python, stochastic
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Major C#/.NET graphics framework update + volumetric fog code!
As I already promised too many times, here comes major CSharpRenderer framework update! As always, all code available on GitHub. Note that the goal is still the same – not to write most beautiful or fast code, but to provide a … Continue reading
Posted in Code / Graphics
Tagged .NET, algorithms, C#, graphics, graphics programming, postprocessing, supersampling, temporal, temporal supersampling
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Hair rendering trick(s)
I didn’t really plan to write this post as I’m quite busy preparing for Siggraph and enjoying awesome Montreal summer, but after 3 similar discussion with friends developers I realized that the simple hair rendering trick I used during the … Continue reading