Shape from Shading

  • Alan Bundy
  • Lincoln Wallen
Part of the Symbolic Computation book series (SYMBOLIC)


The process of extracting three-dimensional shape information from smooth gradations of reflected light intensity. It has been shown by Horn that if certain assumptions are made concerning the reflectance function and illumination of a surface it is possible to formulate and solve equations relating surface shape to the measured intensities in an image of the surface. See intrinsic images <105>.


Measured Intensity Frontal Plane Underlying Surface Plan Formation Reflectance Function 
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  1. [Horn ]
    Horn, R. K. P. Obtaining Shape from Shading Information. In Winston. P. H. (editor). The Psychology of Computer Vision.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Bundy
    • 1
  • Lincoln Wallen
  1. 1.Department of Artificial IntelligenceEdinburgh UniversityEdinburghScotland

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