Recycling cartographic masterworks hic masterworks – challenges in adapting example-based texture synthesis for panoramic map creation

Helen Jenny, Bernhard Jenny

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Panoramic hiking and skiing maps are popular among tourists and map collectors. Such 3D maps allow for easy orientation and provide the observer with an immersive impression of the landscape to be discovered or remembered. The most impressive panoramic masterpieces are almost exclusively painted manually or with minor digital tool support. Software packages that allow modern cartographers to create 3D maps of comparable visual quality (semi-) automatically are currently not available. Computer graphics has developed a number of methods for painterly rendering, including imitating the characteristics of a panorama artist’s brush stroke and raster-based methods that synthesize new texture from examples. In this article, the latter approach is explored, and the idea of creating terrain textures for arbitrary regions by reassembling them from pieces of scanned hand-painted masterworks is pursued. Panorama painters vary the appearance of land cover depending on terrain characteristics and viewing parameters. This article suggests how the example-based texture synthesis approach could be adapted to accommodate such dependencies. By explaining the challenges encountered when applying texture-by-example to panoramic map making and by suggesting possible solutions, the authors aim to promote the creation of more visually appealing and better legible digital panoramic maps.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutoCarto 2012
Subtitle of host publicationThe International Research Symposium on Computer-based Cartography, Columbus, Ohio, USA. September 16-18
EditorsSarah E. Battersby
PublisherCartography and Geographic Information Society
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 The International Research Symposium on Computer-based Cartography - Columbus, United States of America
Duration: 16 Sep 201218 Sep 2012


Conference2012 The International Research Symposium on Computer-based Cartography
Abbreviated titleAutoCarto 2012
CountryUnited States of America

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