Computer Graphics Forum
Volume 15, Issue 2 (1996)
This article discusses the important problem of determining pertinent data to describe a pigmented medium. The first part deals with optical characteristics of pigments and the general properties of binders and fillers. It also exposes the limits and conditions of applicability of single scattering. In the second part the connection between individual optical properties, size, and form of particles is made with phenomenological theories of multiple scattering in absorbing media, Progressively, it appears that pertinent data in realistic modelling are always in relation with true or effective complex refractive indices and size parameters.