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Computer Graphics
Programming Assignment 5

1 Goal
The goal of this assignment is to write a ray tracer.
2 Starter Code
The starter code can be downloaded from here.
3 Task 1
Download the code and run it. You should be able to see a black screen. Make sure you write your name
in the appropriate place in the code, so it shows up at the top of the window. Here is a brief explanation of
the starter code:
• There is only one folder in the package, which includes all the source files.
• The main function in “main.cpp” first calls the Init function.
• The Init function performs the followings:
– First, it initializes the window.
– Then it creates an instance of the Scene class. This class is a container that holds all the scene
information including the shapes and light sources.
– Next it create an instance of the Camera class. Currently, only the resolution of the image is
passed to the camera. However, you need to modify this and pass all the necessary information.
– Then we call a function of the Camera class to take a picture of the scene using ray tracing.
This is where the main loop of the ray tracer should be implemented in. This function takes
the scene as the input and takes a picture of it. The picture is stored in a private variable called
renderedImage.
– We then have the camera return the rendered image and set it to the frameBuffer through
memcpy.
Note that, you do not need to follow this starter code structure. If you want to write your ray tracer
differently, feel free to do so. The starter code is just provided to help you.
4 Task 2
In this part, you will be implementing a ray tracer. Your ray tracer should support the followings:
• Shadows: You should compute shadow rays to all the light sources.
• Reflections: Your code should recursively call the reflection ray, i.e., you shouldn’t hard code the
reflection calls. Set the level of recursion to at least 4. DO NOT HARD CODE FOUR REFLECTION
CALLS.
• Lighting: You should compute basic lighting (ambient, diffiuse, specular) as explained in the shading
lectures.
You are expected to demonstrate your ray tracer on the following scene. Here is the camera properties:
1
• Eye = (0.0, 0.0, 7.0)
• Look at = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
• Up = (0.0, 1.0, 0.0)
• FovY = 45
• Width Res = 1200
• Height Res = 800
Your scene should include two planes, four spheres, and two light sources as follows:
• Shapes
– Sphere 1
∗ Position = (-1.0, -0.7, 3.0)
∗ Radius = 0.3
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (0.2, 1.0, 0.2)
∗ ks = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 100.0
– Sphere 2
∗ Position = (1.0, -0.5, 3.0)
∗ Radius = 0.5
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (0.0, 0.0, 1.0)
∗ ks = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 10.0
– Sphere 3 (reflective)
∗ Position = (-1.0, 0.0, -0.0)
∗ Radius = 1.0
∗ ka = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ kd = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ s = 0.0
– Sphere 4 (reflective)
∗ Position = (1.0, 0.0, -1.0)
∗ Radius = 1.0
∗ ka = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ kd = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
2
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (0.8, 0.8, 0.8)
∗ s = 0.0
– Plane 1
∗ Center = (0.0, -1.0, 0.0)
∗ Normal = (0.0, 1.0, 0.0)
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 0.0
– Plane 2
∗ Center = (0.0, 0.0, -3.0)
∗ Normal = (0.0, 0.0, 1.0)
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 0.0
• Light
– light 1
∗ Position = (0.0, 3.0, -2.0)
∗ Color = (0.2, 0.2, 0.2)
– light 2
∗ Position = (-2.0, 1.0, 4.0)
∗ Color = (0.5, 0.5, 0.5)
Your final rendering should look exactly like the image in Fig. 1.
4.1 Steps
Here are the steps to take to properly implement the ray tracer:
• Fill in the Camera class to have the necessary member variables. Currently, the instance of the
Camera class in the Init function of “main.cpp” is created with only width and height information.
You should set it up using the camera parameters provided above.
• Set up the scene with the information provided above by filling in the Shape and Light vectors in
the Scene class. This can be done in the constructor of the Scene class.
To do this, you need to first add appropriate member variables to the Shape, Sphere, Plane, and
Light classes. For example, Light class should at least have the position and color as member
variables. Note that, Shape is the base class for the Sphere and the Plane and has access to all
their member variables.
Once all the classes are properly set up, you can create instances of Sphere, Plane, and Light classes
based on the information provided above and then push them into the appropriate vector.
3
Figure 1: The result of rendering the scene.
Figure 2: From left to right the outcome of steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Sec. 4.2.
• Next, you should fill in the TakePicture function of the camera class. In this function you should
loop over all the pixels. For each pixel, you first create a ray pointing from the camera to the pixel.
You then call a function to get the color of the ray. Most of the computations are done inside this
recursive function. The returned color of the ray is then used to set the color of the renderedImage
array at that pixel.
4.2 Suggestions
Since the ray tracer has several features, it would be better if you build your system incrementally. For
example, you can do the following (see Fig. 2 for outcome of each step):
1. Render a sphere without any shadows or recursive calls.
2. Add a plane to the scene.
3. Shoot shadow rays to be able to render shadows.
4. Implement the recursive reflection call and add a reflective sphere to the scene to test it.
5 Bonus
• Add the ability to render triangles
• Add area light and render soft shadows
4
6 Deliverables
Please follow the instruction below or you may lose some points:
• You should include a README file that includes the parts that you were not able to implement, any
extra part that you have implemented, or anything else that is notable.
• Your submission should contain folders “src” as well as “CMakeLists.txt” file. You should not include the “build” folder.
• Zip up the whole package and call it “Firstname Lastname.zip”. Note that the zip file should extract
into a folder named “Firstname Lastname”. So you should first put your package in a folder called
“Firstname Lastname” and then zip it up.
7 Ruberic
Total credit: [150 points]
[20 points] – Camera set up and primary rays generated
[10 points] – Plane is intersected correctly
[15 points] – Sphere is intersected correctly
[20 pComputer Graphics
Programming Assignment 5

1 Goal
The goal of this assignment is to write a ray tracer.
2 Starter Code
The starter code can be downloaded from here.
3 Task 1
Download the code and run it. You should be able to see a black screen. Make sure you write your name
in the appropriate place in the code, so it shows up at the top of the window. Here is a brief explanation of
the starter code:
• There is only one folder in the package, which includes all the source files.
• The main function in “main.cpp” first calls the Init function.
• The Init function performs the followings:
– First, it initializes the window.
– Then it creates an instance of the Scene class. This class is a container that holds all the scene
information including the shapes and light sources.
– Next it create an instance of the Camera class. Currently, only the resolution of the image is
passed to the camera. However, you need to modify this and pass all the necessary information.
– Then we call a function of the Camera class to take a picture of the scene using ray tracing.
This is where the main loop of the ray tracer should be implemented in. This function takes
the scene as the input and takes a picture of it. The picture is stored in a private variable called
renderedImage.
– We then have the camera return the rendered image and set it to the frameBuffer through
memcpy.
Note that, you do not need to follow this starter code structure. If you want to write your ray tracer
differently, feel free to do so. The starter code is just provided to help you.
4 Task 2
In this part, you will be implementing a ray tracer. Your ray tracer should support the followings:
• Shadows: You should compute shadow rays to all the light sources.
• Reflections: Your code should recursively call the reflection ray, i.e., you shouldn’t hard code the
reflection calls. Set the level of recursion to at least 4. DO NOT HARD CODE FOUR REFLECTION
CALLS.
• Lighting: You should compute basic lighting (ambient, diffiuse, specular) as explained in the shading
lectures.
You are expected to demonstrate your ray tracer on the following scene. Here is the camera properties:
1
• Eye = (0.0, 0.0, 7.0)
• Look at = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
• Up = (0.0, 1.0, 0.0)
• FovY = 45
• Width Res = 1200
• Height Res = 800
Your scene should include two planes, four spheres, and two light sources as follows:
• Shapes
– Sphere 1
∗ Position = (-1.0, -0.7, 3.0)
∗ Radius = 0.3
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (0.2, 1.0, 0.2)
∗ ks = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 100.0
– Sphere 2
∗ Position = (1.0, -0.5, 3.0)
∗ Radius = 0.5
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (0.0, 0.0, 1.0)
∗ ks = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 10.0
– Sphere 3 (reflective)
∗ Position = (-1.0, 0.0, -0.0)
∗ Radius = 1.0
∗ ka = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ kd = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ s = 0.0
– Sphere 4 (reflective)
∗ Position = (1.0, 0.0, -1.0)
∗ Radius = 1.0
∗ ka = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ kd = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
2
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (0.8, 0.8, 0.8)
∗ s = 0.0
– Plane 1
∗ Center = (0.0, -1.0, 0.0)
∗ Normal = (0.0, 1.0, 0.0)
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 0.0
– Plane 2
∗ Center = (0.0, 0.0, -3.0)
∗ Normal = (0.0, 0.0, 1.0)
∗ ka = (0.1, 0.1, 0.1)
∗ kd = (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
∗ ks = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ km = (0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
∗ s = 0.0
• Light
– light 1
∗ Position = (0.0, 3.0, -2.0)
∗ Color = (0.2, 0.2, 0.2)
– light 2
∗ Position = (-2.0, 1.0, 4.0)
∗ Color = (0.5, 0.5, 0.5)
Your final rendering should look exactly like the image in Fig. 1.
4.1 Steps
Here are the steps to take to properly implement the ray tracer:
• Fill in the Camera class to have the necessary member variables. Currently, the instance of the
Camera class in the Init function of “main.cpp” is created with only width and height information.
You should set it up using the camera parameters provided above.
• Set up the scene with the information provided above by filling in the Shape and Light vectors in
the Scene class. This can be done in the constructor of the Scene class.
To do this, you need to first add appropriate member variables to the Shape, Sphere, Plane, and
Light classes. For example, Light class should at least have the position and color as member
variables. Note that, Shape is the base class for the Sphere and the Plane and has access to all
their member variables.
Once all the classes are properly set up, you can create instances of Sphere, Plane, and Light classes
based on the information provided above and then push them into the appropriate vector.
3
Figure 1: The result of rendering the scene.
Figure 2: From left to right the outcome of steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Sec. 4.2.
• Next, you should fill in the TakePicture function of the camera class. In this function you should
loop over all the pixels. For each pixel, you first create a ray pointing from the camera to the pixel.
You then call a function to get the color of the ray. Most of the computations are done inside this
recursive function. The returned color of the ray is then used to set the color of the renderedImage
array at that pixel.
4.2 Suggestions
Since the ray tracer has several features, it would be better if you build your system incrementally. For
example, you can do the following (see Fig. 2 for outcome of each step):
1. Render a sphere without any shadows or recursive calls.
2. Add a plane to the scene.
3. Shoot shadow rays to be able to render shadows.
4. Implement the recursive reflection call and add a reflective sphere to the scene to test it.
5 Bonus
• Add the ability to render triangles
• Add area light and render soft shadows
4
6 Deliverables
Please follow the instruction below or you may lose some points:
• You should include a README file that includes the parts that you were not able to implement, any
extra part that you have implemented, or anything else that is notable.
• Your submission should contain folders “src” as well as “CMakeLists.txt” file. You should not include the “build” folder.
• Zip up the whole package and call it “Firstname Lastname.zip”. Note that the zip file should extract
into a folder named “Firstname Lastname”. So you should first put your package in a folder called
“Firstname Lastname” and then zip it up.
7 Ruberic
Total credit: [150 points]
[20 points] – Camera set up and primary rays generated
[10 points] – Plane is intersected correctly
[15 points] – Sphere is intersected correctly
[20 points] – Depth test is done properly
[30 points] – Basic local lighting is computed
[10 points] – Normals of spheres and planes computed correctly
[10 points] – Light, view, and reflection vectors are computed correctly
[10 points] – Shading is computed using Phong model
[25 points] – Shadow rays are calculated and incorporated
[30 points] – Reflection is supported
[20 points] – Reflection is computed recursively
[10 points] – Color of reflected vector is combine with local Phong shading
Extra credit: [15 points]
[5 points] – Triangle
[10 points] – Area light
5oints] – Depth test is done properly
[30 points] – Basic local lighting is computed
[10 points] – Normals of spheres and planes computed correctly
[10 points] – Light, view, and reflection vectors are computed correctly
[10 points] – Shading is computed using Phong model
[25 points] – Shadow rays are calculated and incorporated
[30 points] – Reflection is supported
[20 points] – Reflection is computed recursively
[10 points] – Color of reflected vector is combine with local Phong shading
Extra credit: [15 points]
[5 points] – Triangle
[10 points] – Area light
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