Rendering Participating Media with Bidirectional Path Tracing

Eric P. Lafortune and Yves D. Willems

Proceedings of the Seventh Eurographics Workshop on Rendering, Porto, Portugal (June 1996), pp. 92-101.

Published as: Rendering Techniques '96, X. Pueyo, P. Schröder (editors), pp. 91-101.

In this paper we show how bidirectional path tracing can be extended to handle global illumination effects due to participating media. The resulting image-based algorithm is computationally expensive but more versatile than previous solutions. It correctly handles multiple scattering in non-homogeneous, anisotropic media in complex illumination situations. We illustrate its specific advantages by means of examples.

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