Category Archives: Lighting

Automatic Exposure

In games automatic exposure or eye adaptation is an algorithm for simulating eye reaction to temporal changes in lighting conditions and for selecting optimal exposure for a given scene and lighting conditions. The main challenge here is that optimal settings … Continue reading

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ACES Filmic Tone Mapping Curve

Careful mapping of HDR values to LDR is an important part of a modern game rendering pipeline. One of the goals of our new renderer was to replace Reinhard‘s tone mapping curve with some kind of a filmic tone mapping … Continue reading

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Analytical DFG Term for IBL

Image-based lighting is an important part of a physically based rendering. Unfortunately straightforward IBL implementation for more complicated lighting models than Phong requires a huge lookup table and isn’t practical for real time. Current state of the art approach is … Continue reading

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Lightmapping in Anomaly 2 mobile

In 2013 Anomaly 2 mobile version (iOS/Android/Blackberry) by a small indie studio 11 Bit Studios was released. It was an interesting project as we needed to run heavy content from PC version on much weaker mobile platforms. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Unreal Engine 4 gaussian specular normalization

Recently Epic did a nice presentation about their new tech: “The technology behind Unreal 4 Elemental demo“. Among a lot of impressive stuff they showed their gaussian specular aproximation. Here is a BRDF with U4 specular for Disney’s BRDF explorer: This … Continue reading

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Aggregated deferred lighting

Random idea about a new way to do deferred lighting. The idea is to decouple lighting from geometry normals. In order to do that, lighting information is stored as aggregated lights ( direction + color ). 1st pass – z-prepass … Continue reading

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