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Computer graphics

A 3D projection of a 4D Pentachoron performing a simple rotation.

Computer graphics includes almost everything on computers that is not text or sound but is normally considered as different from photography. Today almost every computer can do some graphics, and people have come to expect that they will interface with their computer through icons and pictures rather than solely by typing. The term computer graphics has additional meanings:

Today much of our life is affected by computers, and by computer graphics. Whether you see them on television, in newspapers, in weather reports or while at the doctor's surgery, computer images are all around you. A well-chosen graph is able to transform a complex table of numbers into meaningful results. Such graphs are used to illustrate papers, reports, and theses, as well as providing the basis for presentation material in the form of slides and overhead transparencies. A range of tools and facilities are available to enable users to visualise their data, and computer graphics are used in many disciplines.

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Maple burl, an example of a texture

Texture synthesis is the process of algorithmically constructing a large digital image from a small digital sample image by taking advantage of its structural content. Texture synthesis is an object of research in computer graphics and is used in many fields, amongst others digital image editing, 3D computer graphics and post-production of films. Find out more...

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Close-packing arrangement of cannonballs showing iterative reflection in ray-tracing

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