Introduction to Computer Graphics
Version 1.4, August 2023
Author: David J. Eck (email@example.com)
WELCOME TO Introduction to Computer Graphics, a free, on-line textbook covering the fundamentals of computer graphics and computer graphics programming. This book is meant for use as a textbook in a one-semester course that would typically be taken by undergraduate computer science majors, with at least two semesters of programming as a prerequisite. Version 1.4 adds a new chapter on WebGPU. See the preface for more information.
The web pages for this book include live, interactive demos that require a modern web browser such as recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge. Chapter 9 examples require a browser that supports WebGPU. While the book is mainly designed for reading on a desktop computer, most of the demos should also work on recent mobile devices, using a touchscreen instead of a mouse.
Words in the book that are shown in this style or underlined like this refer to glossary entries; click the word to see a definition.
You can download this web site for use on your own computer. PDF versions of the textbook are also available. Links to the downloads can be found at the bottom of this page.
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The home site for this book is: http://math.hws.edu/graphicsbook/
Full Web Site Download:
- https://math.hws.edu/eck/cs424/downloads/graphicsbook-web-site.zip — This "zip" archive contains a complete copy of the web site for this textbook. You can publish a copy of the web site on your own web server, or you can use it locally on your own computer. Size: 26 Megabytes.
- https://math.hws.edu/eck/cs424/downloads/graphicsbook-linked.pdf — a PDF version with internal links for navigation and external links to source code files and other resources that are not included in the PDF. Recommended for on-screen reading. 533 pages. Size: 6.0 Megabytes.
- https://math.hws.edu/eck/cs424/downloads/graphicsbook.pdf — a PDF version without links, more suitable for printing. 541 pages. Size: 5.6 Megabytes.
- The web site and linked PDF are the preferred versions for reading this book, but for the convenience of readers who would like a bound copy, I have made a printed version available at the publish-on-demand site lulu.com. (Note that the printed version is sold at lulu.com's cost, and that I don't make any profit from it.) You can purchase the printed version through this link: https://www.lulu.com/shop/david-eck/introduction-to-computer-graphics/paperback/product-1jzn2z5r.html
28 January 2016, Version 1.1 released
6 January 2018, Version 1.2 released
1 August 2021, Version 1.3 released
20 December 2021, Version 1.3.1 released
1 August 2023, Version 1.4 released