Software Tools to Create Bump-Mapped Textures

Period of Performance: 11/24/1998 - 05/24/1999

$70K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cgsd Corp.
2483 Old Middlefield Way #140
Mtn. View, CA 94043
Principal Investigator

Abstract

A suite of software tools is proposed for the development of bump mapped texture patterns, including patterns of the surface normal vectors, shininess, and shininess strength. The tools are to be built as plug-ins to Adobe Photoshop (tm) beginning with adoption or modification of existing commercial tools for texture pattern generation including dehaze, color correction, perspective correction, autotiling, and sysnthesis. New tools are proposed for interactive generation of bump mapped textures from a single photograph and a materials catalog, from multiple photographs from a single perspective with varying light positioning, and from multiple photographs from a multiple perspectives with a single light position. Requirements for a library of patterns to be built with the tools is to be studied in conjunction with determination of the feasibility of the tool design.