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Interactive Computer Graphics
features a top-down, programming-oriented approach to computer graphics. Capitalizing upon this top-down and hands-on approach, the text quickly gets students writing interesting 3D graphics programs. Angel uses OpenGL, a graphics library supported by most workstations, and the C++ programming language, allowing students to be aware of what is happening at the lowest levels of computer-graphics programming.

Each chapter is built around an application, with key principles and techniques explained as needed and in increasing detail, teaching students by example and by practice. While emphasizing applications programming, the book covers all topics required for a fundamental course in computer graphics, such as light-material interactions, shading, modeling, curves and surfaces, antialiasing, texture mapping, and compositing, as well as hardware issues. The top-down approach taken in this book enables students of computer science and engineering to generate complex interactive applications by the end of their first course, and will give them a solid background for future work or study in computer graphics.


  • Expanded breadth and depth to account for new developments in the field of computer graphics.
  • Expanded treatment of input and interaction with more information on the use of selection mode for picking (Chapter 13).
  • Uses C++, as well as C.
  • Increased coverage of smooth animations (Chapter 4).
  • More material on object-oriented graphics and scene graphics (Chapter 8).
  • Expanded introduction to ray tracing and radiosity (Chapter 13).
  • Provides introduction to multirendering for bump mapping and pixel shading (Chapter 10).
  • Coverage of image manipulation and texture mapping (Chapter 10).
  • Introduces image-based rendering and parallel rendering (Chapter 13).
  • Provides an introduction to logic operations and writing in the XOR model (Chapter 3).
  • 2-color art program facilitates reading of the figures.
  • Numerous additional exercises added to each chapter.
  • Includes access to an anonymous ftp site with solutions to selected exercises and program code.

ISBN: 0-201-77343-0
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