Posts Tagged ‘trisurf’

Plot a bunch of edges in matlab with per-edge color data

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Suppose you have a list of vertices V (#V by dim) and a list of edges E (#E by 2) indexing V, then one hacky to draw all of these edges with per-vertex color data DV (#V by 1) is to use trisurf:

trisurf(E(:,[1 1 2]),V(:,1),V(:,2),V(:,3),'CData',DV,'EdgeColor','interp');

However, if you try to use this trick to draw per-edge color data DE (#E by 1), you’ll find that 'EdgeColor','flat' does not work. Instead you can explode you compact “mesh” of edges into individual edges and repeat you edge color data for each edge point:


Two-sided material in matlab

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Unfortunately there seems to be no builtin support for two-sided surfaces in matlab. There’s some rudimentary control over back-face lighting, but that’s all. At least you can determine the back-facing triangles for a given camera position:

N = normals(V,F);
BC = barycenter(V,F);
back_facing = sum(N.*bsxfun(@minus,BC,campos),2)<=0;

Here’s an example for an armadillo mesh:

t = tsurf(F,V,'EdgeColor','none','FaceLighting','phong');view(2);
axis equal;
t.FaceVertexCData = 1*(sum(N.*bsxfun(@minus,BC,campos),2)<=0)

armadillo two-sided material

Of course, if you change the view, the coloring is no longer valid:

armadillo two-sided material

So you need to recompute the coloring:

armadillo two-sided material

You can also insert nans to achieve back-face culling:

t.FaceVertexCData(sum(N.*bsxfun(@minus,BC,campos),2)>0) = nan;

armadillo back-face culling matlab

Use NaNs to hide faces in matlab trisurf/patch renderings

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

I recently (re)discovered that if you set the ‘CData’ value of a face to nan the face will be hidden. This can sometimes be useful if you want to use the wireframe of a model to give context but focus on just a few faces. Here’s an example:

% selected faces
I = sparse(125,1,1,size(F,1),1);
A = facet_adjacency_matrix(F);
while true
  % Set all but selected to nan
  view(-48,4); set(gca,'Visible','off');apply_ambient_occlusion();
  if nnz(I)==size(F,1);
  I = A*I;

cat nan colors

MATLAB2014b features anti-aliasing

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Finally. I’m pretty happy about the results:

cheburashka with matlab anti-aliasing

[V,F] = load_mesh('/usr/local/igl/libigl/examples/shared/');
AO = ambient_occlusion(V,F,V,per_vertex_normals(V,F),1000);
t = tsurf(F,V,fphong,'EdgeColor','none');
C = squeeze(ind2rgb(floor(matrixnormalize(t.FaceVertexCData)*size(colormap,1))+1,colormap));
t.FaceVertexCData = bsxfun(@times,C,1-AO);
t.SpecularStrength = 0.1;
t.DiffuseStrength = 0.1;
t.AmbientStrength = 0.8;
l = light('Position',[1 1 100],'Style','infinite');
l2 = light('Position',[1 -100 1],'Style','infinite');
set(gca,'XTickLabel',[],'YTickLabel',[],'ZTickLabel',[],'Color',[0.94 0.94 0.94]);

And to spin the camera around:

axis equal
axis vis3d;
for f = 1:numel(T)
  t = T(f);
  frame = getframe(gcf);
  [SIf,cm] = rgb2ind(frame.cdata,256);
  if f == 1
    imwrite(SIf,cm, filename,'WriteMode','append','Delay',0);

With the awesome but now obsolete myaa.m hacked anti-aliasing, creating this gif would have taken many minutes. This runs in real time.

Animated GIF of vector field coordinates in matlab

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Suppose you have a mesh (V,F) and a vector field (or matrix of scalar field values) W. You can create a looping animated gif in matlab of a visualization of those values using:

t = trisurf(F,V(:,1),V(:,2),0*V(:,1),'EdgeColor','none','FaceColor','interp','FaceLighting','phong');
hold on;
  % for me each coordinate corresponds to a point in C
hold off;
axis equal;
title('Vector Field  ','FontSize',20);
for w = 1:size(W,2)
  im = myaa('raw');
  [imind,cm] = rgb2ind(im,256);
  filename = 'vector-field.gif';
  if w == 1;
    imwrite(imind,cm,filename,'gif', 'Loopcount',inf);

This produces something like:

vector field animated gif matlab


Using patcht to texture map a triangle mesh in matlab

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Recently I found the patcht script which lets you texture map a triangle mesh in matlab. It unfortunately does it in a brute force way: creating a textured surface for every triangle. But it’s at least something. Here’s how I use it for 2d meshes of images using the xy positions as texture coordinates:

im = imread('woody.png');
[V,F] = load_mesh('woody.obj');
patcht(F,V,F,[max(V(:,2))-V(:,2) V(:,1)],im);
axis equal

which produces:

patcht script texture mapping triangle mesh in matlab

We thank Scott Schaefer for providing the wooden gingerbread man image from “Image Deformation Using Moving Least Squares”.

Matlab’s trisurf confuses face colors with vertex colors

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

I recently had trouble getting matlab’s trisurf to display interpolated colors inside each face. I was calling:


But the display looked like flat shading.

The problem turned out to be that I had 9 faces and 9 vertices. In this rare instance matlab decides that the vertex colors (which actually are just the Z coordinates in V(:,3)) should be attached (incorrectly) to the faces and are not interpolatable.

I hacked a fix to this by appending an extra ghost vertex: