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On Shadow Volume Silhouettes Tomas Akenine-Moller and Ulf Assarsson

Summary: On Shadow Volume Silhouettes
Tomas Akenine-M¨oller and Ulf Assarsson
Chalmers University of Technology
In shadow volume rendering, the shadow volume silhouette edges
are used to create primitives that model the shadow volume. A com-
mon misconception is that the vertices on such silhouettes can only
be connected to two silhouette edges, i.e., have degree two. Fur-
thermore, some believe that the degree of such a vertex can have
any degree. In this short note, we present a geometric proof that
shows that the degree of a silhouette vertex must be even, and not
necessarily two.
1 Introduction
The shadow volume (SV) algorithm [4] has become a very popular al-
gorithm for real-time rendering [5] of hard shadows. Recently, the SV
algorithm has been extended to handle soft shadow as well [1, 2]. In
all these algorithms the shadow volume silhouette (SVS) of the shadow
casting objects are found. An edge of such an SVS is connected to two
polygons, where one is frontfacing and the other is backfacing as seen
from the light source. The degree of an SVS vertex is the number of SVS


Source: Assarsson, Ulf - Department of Computer Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences