Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
Image: A photorealistic ray traced scene created with Rhino, Cinema 4D, and POV-Ray. Credit: Wikipedia user Gilles_Tran, public domain.

Photorealism is the manual creation of an image to look like a photograph from a camera. For example, if a hand-drawn or painted image looks like it was taken by a camera, the image is photorealistic.

Photorealism in CGI

In the field of CGI (computer-generated imagery), computers simulate the behavior of light, and its interaction with virtual objects, in a process called ray tracing. CGI can produce high quality photorealistic images, but takes a great deal of time and processing power.

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