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Ray Tracing: the Next Week (Ray Tracing Minibooks Book 2) by [Shirley, Peter]
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In this follow-up to Ray Tracing in One Weekend, Peter Shirley leads you through the details of taking your ray tracer to the next level. This includes surface and solid textures, volumes such as fog and smoke, Perlin noise, bounding volume hierarchies, and instancing. By the end of this small book, you'll have a serious ray tracing system.

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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid continuation 23 August 2016
By AberrantWolf - Published on Amazon.com
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The changes aren't quite as easy to follow in this one (a few more leaps you have to infer yourself when compared to the previous book). Still, it takes you through having pretty much all the key parts of a "real" ray tracer. The technique it uses for chaining primitives together to create different fundamental kinds of primitives) was fascinating, though I'd be curious to see if it affects the performance compared to a setup that uses more specialized classes rather than chaining. I'm sure it's fine.

I would have appreciated more explanations about the intent of the code before simply copying it and having to discern what was going on -- particularly in the noise generation section there were a few areas that I wasn't sure if what was going on was the right way to go about matters. But the examples provide exactly the images presented, and it's far easier to digest than most other tutorials I've gone through.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 13 March 2016
By David Brayford - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book that provides insights, which many standard raytracing text book leave out. I would definitely recommend this as an accompany text for anyone interested in understanding photorealistic image synthesis.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book did NOT leave me feeling as limp as a Rubber Chicken. 9 March 2016
By Amy Ashurst Gooch - Published on Amazon.com
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Computer Graphics Guru Peter Shirly's latest work, "Ray Tracing: the Next Week" does not totally suck, some parts lick you like the raspy tongue of a kitten. (I have heard that Peter Shirly has a tattoo that was licked on by kittens when he fell asleep on his back porch.)

All silliness aside, and one parenthetical bit (I know you are reading this M.S.), Peter Shirley's latest book on Ray Tracing is both well thought out and well written. The book leads the reader beyond the material covered in University courses enabling the reader to create software for realistic image synthesis.

The book will be useful for students, professionals in the areas of computer graphics and video games, as well as the "run of the mill" crazy who want to create images of UFO's or a zombie apocalypse, or talking dinosaurs.

Disclaimer: Peter Shirly was my Ph.D. Advisor, I am writing this using my wife's name because she is not home, I woke up with a man cold this morning and have been mainlining cough syrup in an attempt to keep my head from exploding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 July 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative book. Exactly what I was looking for. Section on volumetrics informative. Nothing bad to say regarding this book.
0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit larger than I thought it would be. 6 May 2016
By LCT - Published on Amazon.com
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It is bigger and heavier than I thought it would be. I am returning it. If I thought wind would be a problem where I am going then I would have kept it.

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