Reshading from shaded images

Chi Chang*, Yu-Tai Ching

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this work, we attempt to produce a shading image from a shade image under a different light source direction. In computer graphics, the surface normal is the most important element for shading. We study the possibility of recovering the surface normal from the shaded images. We report in this paper that if there are at least three images, by applying the finite difference method without assigning initial values, we can reconstruct the surface normal very well. Experiments have been carried out on synthesized images and real images. The results show that the reconstructed surface normal for both synthesized images and real images is good enough for the applications in computer graphics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-259
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Information Science and Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1996


  • Computer graphics
  • Finite difference method
  • Image processing
  • Phong shading
  • Photometric sampling

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