Autocuts: Simultaneous distortion and cut optimization for UV mapping

Roi Poranne, Marco Tarini, Sandro Huber, Daniele Panozzo, Olga Sorkine-Hornung

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We propose a UV mapping algorithm that jointly optimizes for cuts and distortion, sidestepping heuristics for placing the cuts. The energy we minimize is a state-of-the-art geometric distortion measure, generalized to take seams into account. Our algorithm is designed to support an interactive workflow: it optimizes UV maps on the fly, while the user can interactively move vertices, cut mesh parts, join seams, separate overlapping regions, and control the placement of the parameterization patches in the UV space. Our UV maps are of high quality in terms of both geometric distortion and cut placement, and compare favorably to those designed with traditional modeling tools. The UV maps can be created in a fraction of the time as existing methods, since our algorithm drastically alleviates the trial-and-error, iterative procedures that plague traditional UV mapping approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbera215
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 20 2017
EventACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference, SA 2017 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: Nov 27 2017Nov 30 2017


  • Cuts
  • Distortion minimization
  • Parameterization
  • UV mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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