[Image-based Remapping of Material Appearance]

Image-based Remapping of Material Appearance

Alejandro Sztrajman1,  Jaroslav Křivánek2,  Alexander Wilkie2,  Tim Weyrich1

1 University College London
2 Charles University


Digital 3D content creation requires the ability to exchange assets across multiple software applications. For many 3D asset types, standard formats and interchange conventions are available. For material definitions, however, inter-application exchange is still hampered by different software packages supporting different BRDF models. To make matters worse, even if nominally identical BRDF models are supported, these often differ in their implementation, due to optimisations and safeguards in individual renderers. To facilitate appearance-preserving translation between different BRDF models whose precise implementation is not known (arguably the standard case with commercial systems), we propose a robust translation scheme which leaves BRDF evaluation to the targeted rendering system, and which expresses BRDF similarity in image space. As we will show, even naive applications of a nonlinear fit which uses such an image space residual metric work well in some cases; however, it does suffer from instabilities for certain material parameters. We propose strategies to mitigate these instabilities and perform reliable parameter remappings between differing BRDF definitions. We report on experiences with this remapping scheme, both with respect to robustness and visual differences of the fits.

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Image-based Remapping of Material Appearance.
Alejandro Sztrajman, Jaroslav Křivánek, Alexander Wilkie, Tim Weyrich.
Proc. 5th Workshop on Material Appearance Modeling, 4 pages, Helsinki, June 2017.
Alejandro Sztrajman, Jaroslav Krivanek, Alexander Wilkie, and Tim Weyrich. Image-based remapping of material appearance. In Reinhard Klein and Holly Rushmeier, editors, Proc. 5th Workshop on Material Appearance Modeling, MAM ’17, Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Switzerland, June 2017. The Eurographics Association.Sztrajman, A., Krivanek, J., Wilkie, A., and Weyrich, T. 2017. Image-based remapping of material appearance. In Proc. 5th Workshop on Material Appearance Modeling, The Eurographics Association, Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Switzerland, R. Klein and H. Rushmeier, Eds., MAM ’17.A. Sztrajman, J. Krivanek, A. Wilkie, and T. Weyrich, “Image-based remapping of material appearance,” in Proc. 5th Workshop on Material Appearance Modeling, ser. MAM ’17, R. Klein and H. Rushmeier, Eds. Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland, Switzerland: The Eurographics Association, Jun. 2017.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642841. We would like to thank Cyrille Damez from Allegorithmic for his support.

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