“Simplified tree lighting using aggregate normals” by Peterson and Lee

  • ©Scott Peterson and Lawrence Lee




    Simplified tree lighting using aggregate normals



    Trees have earned a reputation among lighting artists for being difficult to light in an appealing way. A tree canopy is composed of a myriad of leaves facing random directions. Without shadows, standard diffuse lighting of a canopy yields unappealing visual noise.In Over the Hedge and Shrek III, we derive a set of aggregate normals that account for the shape of a leaf canopy. Combining this normal with the geometry normal of each leaf before shading yields a more appealing tree shape.

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