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The Cg Tutorial: The Definitive Guide to Programmable Real-Time Graphics
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  • Title: The Cg Tutorial: The Definitive Guide to Programmable Real-Time Graphics
  • Authors Randima Fernando, Mark J. Kilgard
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (March 8, 2003)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • eBook: HTML
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321194969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321194961
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Book Description

Cg (C for graphics) is a complete programming environment for the fast creation of special effects and real-time cinematic quality experiences on multiple platforms. By providing a new level of abstraction, Cg lets developers more directly target OpenGL®, DirectX®, Windows®, Linux, Mac OS X®, and console platforms, such as the Xbox, without having to program directly to the graphics hardware assembly language. Cg was developed by NVIDIA® Corporation in close collaboration with Microsoft® Corporation, and is compatible with both the OpenGL API and Microsoft's HLSL for DirectX 9.0.

Cg is the key to unlocking the power of a new generation of programmable graphics hardware. This book is the definitive introduction to Cg, and will be essential for anyone programming high-quality real-time graphics. The Cg Tutorial will teach you to use Cg to create effects never before available for real-time applications."

The Cg Tutorial explains how to implement both basic and advanced techniques for today's programmable GPU architectures.

Major topics covered include:

  • 3D transformations
  • Per-vertex and per-pixel lighting
  • Skinning and key-frame interpolation
  • Environment mapping
  • Bump mapping
  • Fog
  • Performance optimization
  • Projective texturing
  • Cartoon shading
  • Compositing
About the Authors
  • Randima (Randy) Fernando is Manager of Developer Education at NVIDIA.
  • Mark J. Kilgard is a Senior Software Engineer at NVIDIA.
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