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Several objects rendered using the method from Hardware Determined Edge Features by Morgan McGuire and John F. Hughes, presented at NPAR 2004.

Using a new data structure, we can find edge features-- silhouettes, contour edges, creases, ridges, and boundaries-- entirely on the GPU, and then draw them with brush stroke textures. The textures are reasonably coherent even under animation, creating the appearance of continuous strokes. The method can be extended to shadows, suggestive contours, and matrix-skinned models so that all rendering tasks are offloaded from the CPU.

The large NPR charcoal teapot and smaller figures were all rendered using variations on the same shader and zero CPU cycles. For the teapot, the shader finds the silhouette edges and strokes them in a charcoal style with thick lines. Creases and other features are detected and stroked with thin lines. The small mechanical part (left) has hidden contours detected and rendered as dashed lines. The realistic furry bunny (2nd from left) is rendered with Lengyel's Shell & Fin method. Fins are placed at contour edges by the shader and shells are also extruded on the GPU. For the torus knot, the shadow volume contours are detected on the GPU and extruded. The cartoon bunny has internal ridges rendered with one style and external contours rendered with another. As in other cases, all edge features are detected on the GPU.

Morgan McGuire



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