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Thomas WIlliams

Member Since 31 Aug 2011
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What normal to use when triangles are in smoothing groups?

22 February 2012 - 07:55 AM

I am currently in the process of building a 3D graphics engine in C#. My aim is to not use any 3D libraries that would provide support. For that reason I am using the standard GDI available through the .NET framework. Its come on a lot further than I imagined. I have done all triangle plotting by hand and it fully supports texturing and .OBJ wave front file import (bar the smoothing groups)

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As you can see from the cylinder above there is some shading from a fixed point light source. I use the normal of each face with the vector of the light to the triangle to calculate the triangle intensity. I am using the Lambertian Reflectance model to calculate the correct light intensity of each face.

My draw triangle function works by specifying 3 things:
  • 3 * 2D-screen coordinates
  • 3 * texture UV coordinates
  • 3 * intensity of a vertex of the triangle (in the above screenshot each vertex on any given triangle will have the same intensity)
My question is this: If a group of triangles are in a smoothing group how would I calculate the light intensity at each triangle vertex?
I think I may be missing something...

Thank you in advance for any help. Hope this is the correct place and what not Posted Image