Gooch shading

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Gooch shading is a non-photorealistic rendering technique for shading objects. It is also known as "cool to warm" shading, and is widely used in technical illustration.


Gooch shading was developed by Amy Gooch et al. at the University of Utah School of Computing and first presented at the 1998 SIGGRAPH conference.[1][2] It has since been implemented in shader libraries, software, and games released by Autodesk, NVIDIA, and Valve.[3][4][5]


Gooch shading defines an additional two colors in conjunction with the original model color: a warm color (such as yellow) and a cool color (such as blue). The warm color indicates surfaces that are facing toward the light source while the cool color indicates surfaces facing away. This allows shading to occur only in mid-tones so that edge lines and highlights remain visually prominent. The Gooch shader is typically implemented in two passes: all objects in the scene are first drawn with the "cool to warm" shading, and in the second pass the object’s edges are rendered in black.

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  1. ^ Amy Ashurst Gooch; Bruce Gooch; Peter Shirley; Elaine Cohen (1 January 1998). A Non-photorealistic Lighting Model for Automatic Technical Illustration. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. ACM. pp. 447–452. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/280814.280950. ISBN 978-0897919999. Retrieved 6 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Porcino, Nick (10 November 2007). "Siggraph 1998". Retrieved 13 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "NVIDIA Shader Library". NVIDIA Developer Zone. NVIDIA. Retrieved 6 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "About Shading, Highlighting and Coloring Faces | AutoCAD". Autodesk Knowledge Network. Autodesk. Retrieved 6 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Mitchell, Jason; Francke, Moby; Eng, Dhabih (1 January 2007). Illustrative Rendering in Team Fortress 2 (PDF). Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Non-photorealistic Animation and Rendering. ACM. pp. 71–76. doi:10.1145/1274871.1274883. ISBN 9781595936240. Retrieved 6 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)