On-Line Computer Graphics Notes
WORLD AND IMAGE SPACE
A model is reduced to a picture by systematic transformation through
several coordinate systems. The user's coordinate system, commonly
called world space is the highest level, while the device
space is the lowest. We define here the spaces through
which a polygon must pass to be reduced from the user's coordinate
system to the device coordinate system.
- device space - the actual coordinate system by which points are
plotted on the graphics device. This is usually measured in pixels.
On the SGI machines, the lower left corner of your window is (0,0),
with x values increasing to the right and y values increasing upward.
- Screen Space - defined to be the square
Most drivers for specific graphics devices are written to
map this space onto device space.
- Image Space - the 3-dimensional coordinate system containing
Screen Space. To allow for
depth calculations, this space is usually defined by
Points in image space are mapped onto the screen by projecting them,
via a parallel projection, onto the plane
- thus, for example,
in image space will project to the center of the
- Object Space - the local coordinate system of an object being
created. After objects are created, they can be transformed,
duplicated, etc. and moved about a larger coordinate system, which is
commonly referred to as world space.
- World Space - the coordinate system of the scene that is to be
projected into image space for viewing. A mapping is usually
constructed that maps an area of world space into the image space
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