Faked bump map

This demo is a simplified bump map renderer. A full-featured bump mapping needs to have a coordinate system aligned with the surface, consisting of normal, tangent and bitangent (no, that should not read binormal - that applies to curves, not surfaces), where the tangent and bitangent should be aligned with the texture coordinates.


Here, I make a crude simplification instead. I don't care about aligning the tangent and bitangent with the texture coordinates, I just grab any tangent vectors at all that form a complete coordinate system.


Yes, this is cheating. For many bump maps, it is completely wrong, bumps will go inwards and outwards randomly. However, if all I need is a surface with some random bumps, it works just great. So for noise, this works just fine, while for structures with some meaning, it won't.


Updated 2017, Linux Mint.


Fake-bumped-cube.tar.gz



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