Image-Guided Streamline Placement

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Image-Guided Streamline Placement
Accurate control of streamline density is key to producing several effective forms of visualization of 2-dimensional vector fields. We introduce a technique that uses an energy function to guide the placement of streamlines at a specified density. This energy function uses a low-pass filtered version of the image to measure the difference between the current image and the desired visual density. We reduce the energy (and thereby improve the placement of streamlines) by (1) changing the positions and lengths of streamlines, (2) joining streamlines that nearly abut, and (3) creating new streamlines to fill sufficiently large gaps. The entire process is iterated to produce streamlines that are neither too crowded nor too sparse. The resulting streamlines manifest a more hand-placed appearance than do regularly- or randomly-placed streamlines. Arrows can be added to the streamlines to disambiguate flow direction, and flow magnitude can be represented by the thickness, density, or intensit...
Greg Turk, David Banks
Added 08 Aug 2010
Updated 08 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 1996
Authors Greg Turk, David Banks
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