CS 248 - Introduction to Computer Graphics
Autumn Quarter, 2003
Lecture notes for Thursday, October 30
As mentioned in class, the "gather" operation, i.e. gathering values from nearby texels (texture pixels), is only required if the texture is discrete. For procedural textures, one can typically request a value at any desired floating point (u,v) position. On the other hand, if we are minifying the texture, as described later in these notes, then one might still need to gather many samples in order to avoid aliasing, unless of course the texture generation procedure prefilters the texture internally.
I didn't have time to cover these other filters in class. There is some discussion of them in Paul Heckbert's article, which I handed out. If you're interested in reading more about texture mapping and filters, Heckbert's Master's thesis (available from his home page, makes excellent reading.