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A Micrograin BSDF Model for the Rendering of Porous Layers


We introduce a new BSDF model for the rendering of porous layers, as found on surfaces covered by dust, rust, dirt, or sprayed paint. Our approach is based on a distribution of elliptical opaque micrograins, extending the Trowbridge-Reitz (GGX) distribution [Trowbridge and Reitz 1975; Walter et al . 2007] to handle pores (i.e., spaces between micrograins). We use distance field statistics to derive the corresponding Normal Distribution Function (NDF) and Geometric Attenuation Factor (GAF), as well as a view- and light- dependent filling factor to blend between the porous and base layers. All the derived terms show excellent agreement when compared against numerical simulations. Our approach has several advantages compared to previous work [d’Eon et al . 2023; Merillou et al . 2000; Wang et al . 2022]. First, it decouples structural and reflectance parameters, leading to an analytical single-scattering formula regardless of the choice of micrograin reflectance. Second, we show that the classical texture maps (albedo, roughness, etc) used for spatially-varying material parameters are easily retargeted to work with our model. Finally, the BRDF parameters of our model behave linearly, granting direct multi-scale rendering using classical mip mapping.
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hal-04220006 , version 1 (28-09-2023)


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Simon Lucas, Mickaël Ribardière, Romain Pacanowski, Pascal Barla. A Micrograin BSDF Model for the Rendering of Porous Layers. Siggraph Asia 2023 - The 16th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia, Dec 2023, Sydney, Australia. ⟨hal-04220006⟩
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