Relief mapping (computer graphics)

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In computer graphics, relief mapping is a texture mapping technique used to render the surface details of three-dimensional objects accurately and efficiently.[1] It can produce accurate depictions of self-occlusion, self-shadowing, and parallax.[2] It is a form of short-distance raytrace done on a pixel shader.[citation needed] Relief mapping is highly comparable in both function and approach to another displacement texture mapping technique, Parallax occlusion mapping, considering that they both rely on raytraces, though the two are not to be confused with each other, as parallax occlusion mapping uses reverse heightmap tracing.

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  1. ^ Policarpo, F., Olivieira, M. M., Comba, J. L. D. (2005). "'Real-time relief mapping on arbitrary polygonal surfaces'". Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games: 155–162. 
  2. ^ Policarpo, F., Olveira, M. M. (2006). "'Relief Mapping of Non-Height-Field Surface Details". Proceedings of the 2006 symposium on Interactive 3D graphics and games. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 

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