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An immense amount of effort (and processor cycles) has gone into creating computer graphics and animations that mimic the real world. But CG professionals are discovering what painters and photographers already know: There's more to life than realism. The field of non-photorealistic rendering (NPR) is rapidly coming of age, as researchers, illustrators, and artists explore new ways to create computer images that appear hand-wrought. Non-Photorealistic Computer Graphics brings this sprawling new field into focus.
Folks outside the field may be surprised to discover that there are specific principles and mathematical algorithms you can use to make things look "non-realistic." This book introduces them: the careful use of randomness, ambiguity, arbitrariness, and distortion; methods based on 2D and 3D data structures; and finally, a complete conceptual framework for making it all fit together.
NPR's applications range from cartoons (where it permits the seamless integration of digital 3D with old-fashioned cel animation) to all kinds of architectural and medical illustration. It's terrific where you want folks to remember that something won't look exactly as you're imagining it (e.g., that new kitchen you're designing at Home Depot). And it can be amazingly expressive. It may be the real future of computer graphics. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.