Automatic construction of quad-based subdivision surfaces using fitmaps

Daniele Panozzo, Enrico Puppo, Marco Tarini, Nico Pietroni, Paolo Cignoni

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We present an automatic method to produce a Catmull-Clark subdivision surface that fits a given input mesh. Its control mesh is coarse and adaptive, and it is obtained by simplifying an initial mesh at high resolution. Simplification occurs progressively via local operators and addresses both quality of surface and faithfulness to the input shape throughout the whole process. The method is robust and performs well on rather complex shapes. Displacement mapping or normal mapping can be applied to approximate the input shape arbitrarily well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5708143
Pages (from-to)1510-1520
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2011


  • Quadrilateral meshes
  • displacement mapping
  • mesh compression.
  • subdivision surfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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