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Pamstereogram User Manual(0)					     Pamstereogram User Manual(0)

       Updated:30 December 2012

       pamstereogram - create a single-image stereogram from a PAM depth map

       pamstereogram  [-help]  [-verbose]  [-blackandwhite | -grayscale | -color] [-maxval=value]
       [-patfile=pamfile] [-texfile=pamfile] [-bgcolor=color]  [-smoothing=pixels]  [-xshift=pix-
       els]  [-yshift=pixels]  [-magnifypat=scale] [-guidetop] [-guidebottom] [-guidesize=pixels]
       [-dpi=resolution]    [-crosseyed]    [-makemask]    [-eyesep=inches]	[-depth=fraction]
       [-planes=near_pixels,far_pixels] [-randomseed=integer] [infile]

       This program is part of Netpbm(1)

       pamstereogram  inputs a depth map (a map of the distances from your eye of the points in a
       scene) and outputs a single-image stereogram  (SIS).  A	SIS  is  a  2-D  image	specially
       designed  to  appear  three dimensional when viewed with relaxed, slightly unfocused eyes.
       What's exciting about single-image stereograms is that they don't require special  glasses
       to  view,  although  it does require a bit of practice to train your eyes to unfocus prop-
       erly.  The pamstereogram program provides a wealth of control over how the  stereogram  is
       generated, including the following:

       o      black and white, grayscale, or color output

       o      single-image random-dot stereograms (SIRDS), single-image stereograms (SIS) using a
	      tiled image, or mapped-texture stereograms (MTS)

       o      images targeting a given device resolution and eye separation

       o      optional guide boxes to assist in focusing

       o      the ability to trade off depth levels for easier viewing

       o      choice of wall-eyed or cross-eyed stereograms

       The output is a PAM image on standard output.  Options control the  exact  format  of  the
       PAM.  If you want a PNM (PBM, PGM, or PPM) image, use pamtopnm on the output.  There is no
       need to convert if you will use the image as input to a current Netpbm program,	but  many
       other programs don't know what a PAM is.

       To  make  a  red/green  type  of  stereogram (that you view with 3-D glasses) instead, see

       You may use either single or double hyphens to denote options.  You may use either  white-
       space or an equals sign to separate an option name from its value.

	      Display  messages  about	image  sizes and formats and properties of the stereogram
	      being generated.

	      Produce a single-image random-dot black-and-white stereogram.  This is the default.

	      Produce a single-image random-dot grayscale stereogram.

       -color Produce a single-image random-dot color stereogram.

	      Designate the maximum value of each gray/color component, i.e.  the  color  resolu-
	      tion.  Smaller  values  make  the  output  image	have  smaller  numbers	of unique
	      grays/colors. If you don't specify -maxval, pamstereogram uses the  maxval  of  the
	      input image. This option has no effect with -blackandwhite.

	      Specify an image to use as a repeated background pattern for the stereogram instead
	      of a random-dot pattern. Intricate images generally produce a  crisper  3-D  effect
	      that  simpler  images.  The output file will have the same maxval and format (black
	      and white, grayscale or color) as the pattern file. You cannot specify the -patfile
	      option along with -blackandwhite, -grayscale, -color, or -maxval.

	      Specify  an  image to use as the texture for a mapped-texture stereogram.  The idea
	      is that the depth-map image provides the depth values of the 3-D object/scene while
	      the  texture image provides the true-color values.  Consequently, the texture image
	      should align with the depth-map image.  (Note that it's required to have	the  same
	      dimensions.)  The texture image's background color is ignored when blending colors.

	      This option was new in Netpbm 10.53 (December 2010).

	      Use  color as the texture image's background color instead of letting pamstereogram
	      determine it automatically.  Specify the color as described for the argument of the
	      ppm_parsecolor()	library routine <libppm.html#colorname> .  The -bgcolor option is
	      meaningful only in conjunction with -texfile.

	      This option was new in Netpbm 10.53 (December 2010).

	      When used without -texfile, attempt to eliminate artifacts introduced by	edges  in
	      the depth map if pixels is greater than zero.

	      When  used  with	-texfile, horizontally blur non-background colors into background
	      pixels up to a distance of pixels  pixels.   This  helps	smooth	over  distracting
	      glitches	introduced by the stereogram's color constraints when producing a mapped-
	      texture stereogram.  In this case, the -smoothing option is helpful when	the  tex-
	      ture  image  includes smooth color transitions (as in a photograph) but makes crisp
	      texture images (as in a line drawing) appear blurry.

	      This option was new in Netpbm 10.53 (December 2010).  Before Netpbm 10.61 (December
	      2012), it has no effect without -texfile.

	      Shift  the  pattern  image  (designated  by -patfile) to the right by pixels pixels
	      (default: 0).

	      This option is valid only along with -patfile.

       -yshift pixels
	      Shift the pattern  image	(designated  by  -patfile)  downwards  by  pixels  pixels
	      (default: 0). This option is valid only along with -patfile.

	      Magnify  each pixel in the pattern file or each random dot by integral scaling fac-
	      tor scale. Note that pamstereogram applies the pattern magnification after  pattern
	      shifting (-xshift and -yshift).

	      Draw  a  pair  of  black	squares  on  a white background underneath the stereogram
	      proper. These squares help you guide your eyes into proper focus to  view  the  3-D
	      image.  The trick is to focus your eyes some distance behind the image, causing you
	      to see four black squares, then continue altering your  focus  distance  until  the
	      middle  two  black squares fuse into a single black square. At that point, a crisp,
	      3-D image will appear.

	      This option was new in Netpbm 10.61 (December 2012).  Before that, the presence  of
	      -guidesize, with a positive value, has the same effect.

	      Same as -guidebottom, except the guides go at the top of the image.

	      This  option was new in Netpbm 10.61 (December 2012).  Before that, the presence of
	      -guidesize, with a negative value, has the same effect.

	      The size (width and height) of each guide box.

	      This is valid only with -guidetop or -guidebottom.

	      Default is 20.

	      Before Netpbm 10.61 (December 2012), if you don't specify  this  option,	pamstere-
	      ogram  draws  no	guides.   If  you specify it with a positive value, pamstereogram
	      behaves as if you specified -guidebottom too, and if you specify it with a negative
	      value,  it  behaves  as if you specified -guidetop and specified guidesize with the
	      absolute value of that negative value.

	      Specify the resolution of the output device in dots per inch.  The default  is  100
	      DPI, which represents a fairly crisp screen resolution.

	      Before Netpbm 10.53 (December 2010), the default was 96 DPI.

	      Invert  the  gray  levels in the depth map (input image) so that the 3-D image pops
	      out of the page where it would otherwise sink into the page and  vice  versa.  Some
	      people  are  unable  to  diverge their eyes and can only cross them. The -crosseyed
	      option enables such people to see the 3-D image as intended.  You can also  specify
	      the  -crosseyed  option  if  you prefer using depth maps in which darker colors are
	      closer to the eye and lighter colors are farther from the eye.

	      Before Netpbm 10.53 (December 2010), pamstereogram used  higher  (lighter)  numbers
	      for things closer to the eye without -crosseyed and vice versa.

	      Instead  of a stereogram, output a PAM mask image showing coloring constraints. New
	      pixels will be taken from the pattern file where	the  mask  is  black.  Copies  of
	      existing	pixels	will  be taken from the pattern file where the mask is white. The
	      -makemask option can be used to help create more sophisticated  pattern  files  (to
	      use  with  -patfile)  Note  that	-makemask ignores -magnifypat; it always produces
	      masks that assume a pattern magnification of 1.

	      Specify the separation in inches between your eyes. The default,	2.5  inches  (6.4
	      cm), should be sufficient for most people and probably doesn't need to be changed.

	      Specify  the  output image's depth of field. That is, fraction represents the frac-
	      tional distance of the near plane from the far plane. Smaller numbers make the  3-D
	      image easier to perceive but flatter. Larger numbers make the 3-D image more diffi-
	      cult to perceive but deeper. The default, 0.3333, generally works fairly well.

	      Explicitly specify the distance between repeated pixels in the near  plane  and  in
	      the far plane.  This is an alternative to -eyesep and -depth.  The following equal-
	      ities hold:

       o      eyesep = 2 * far

       o      depth = 2 * (far &minus; near) /
		    (2 * far &minus; near)

	      The number of distinct 3-D depths is far &minus; near +  1.   One  might	say  that
	      -eyesep and -depth are a more human-friendly way to specify stereoscopic parameters
	      (distance between eyes and tradeoff between perceptibility and depth) while -planes
	      is a more computer-centric way (pixel distances in the resulting stereogram).

	      This option was new in Netpbm 10.59 (June 2012).

	      Specify a seed to be used for the random number generator.  The default is to use a
	      seed based on the time of day, to one second granularity.

	      It is useful to specify the seed if you want to create reproducible results.   With
	      the same random seed, you should get identical results every time you run pamstere-

	      This is irrelevant if you use a pattern file (-patfile option), because there is no
	      random element to pamstereogram's behavior.

	      This option was new in Netpbm 10.32 (February 2006).

       The only parameter, infile, is the name of an input file that is a depth map image. If you
       don't specify infile, the input is from standard input.

       The input is a PAM image of depth 1. Each sample represents the distance from the eye that
       the  3-D  image	at that location should be.  Lower (darker) numbers mean further from the

   Input Images
       pamstereogram pays no attention the image's tuple type and ignores all planes  other  than
       plane 0.

       Like any Netpbm program, pamstereogram will accept PNM input as if it were the PAM equiva-

   Mapped-texture Stereograms
       In a mapped-texture stereogram (MTS), the 3-D image can be drawn with true colors.  Unlike
       a  SIRDS  or tiled-image SIS, however, the image portrayed by an MTS is apparent in normal
       2-D viewing.  It appears repeated multiple times and overlapped with itself, but it is not

       You create an MTS with pamstereogram by passing the filename of a PAM <q>texture image</q>
       with a -texfile option.	A texture image portrays the same 3-D  object  as  the	depth-map
       image but indicates the colors that the program should apply to the object.

       pamstereogram  ignores the texture image's background color when it overlaps copies of the
       3-D object.  This prevents, for example, a bright-red object on a  black  background  from
       being  drawn  as a dark-red object (a blend of 50% bright red and 50% black); instead, the
       program ignores the black and the object remains bright red.  A consequence of  this  fea-
       ture is that an MTS looks best when the objects in the texture image have a crisp outline.
       Smooth transitions to the background color result in unwanted color artifacts around edges
       because the program ignores only exact matches with the background color.

       You  should specify a larger-than-normal value for -eyesep (and/or -dpi) when producing an
       MTS.  Otherwise, the 3-D object will repeat so many times that most  colored  pixels  will
       overlap other colored pixels, reducing the number of true-colored pixels that remain.

       An  MTS	can employ a background pattern (-patfile).  In this case, pamstereogram replaces
       background pixels with pattern pixels in the final step of generating the image.

       A good initial test is to input an image consisting of a solid shape of distance 0  within
       a large field of maximum distance (e.g., a white square on a black background).

       With  the default values for -dpi and -eyesep, pattern images that are 128 pixels wide can
       tile seamlessly.

       Generate a SIRDS out of small, brightly colored squares and prepare it for display  on  an
       87 DPI monitor:

	   pamstereogram depthmap.pam \
	       -dpi 87 -verbose -color -maxval 1 -magnifypat 3 \

       Generate a SIS by tiling a PPM file (a prior run with -verbose indicates how wide the pat-
       tern file should be for seamless tiling, although any width is  acceptable  for	producing

	   pamstereogram depthmap.pam -patfile mypattern.ppm >3d.pam

       Generate  an MTS by associating colors with a depth-mapped object (using a large eye sepa-
       ration to reduce the number of repetitions of the texture image) and twice smoothing  over
       background-colored speckles:

	   pamstereogram depthmap.pam \
	       -texfile colormap.pam -smoothing 2 -eyesep 3.5 \







       o      Harold W. Thimbleby, Stuart Inglis, and Ian H. Witten.  Displaying 3D Images: Algo-
	      rithms for Single Image Random Dot Stereograms.  In  IEEE  Computer,  27(10):38-48,
	      October 1994.  DOI 10.1109/2.318576 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/2.318576> .

       pamstereogram  was  new in Netpbm 10.22 (April 2004), but probably broken beyond usability
       until Netpbm 10.32 (February 2006) and Netpbm 10.26.23 (January 2006).

       A backward incompatible change to the way you request guide boxes  (-guidetop,  -guidebot-
       tom, -guidesize happened in Netpbm 10.61 (December 2012).

       Copyright (C) 2006, 2010 Scott Pakin, scott+pbm@pakin.org.

Table Of Contents

	      SYNOPSIS <#synopsis>


	      DESCRIPTION <#description>


	      OPTIONS <#options>


	      PARAMETERS <#parameters>


	      NOTES <#notes>


	      Input Images <inputimages>


	      Mapped-texture Stereograms <mappedtexture>


	      Miscellaneous <notes_misc>


	      EXAMPLES <#examples>


	      SEE ALSO <#seealso>


	      HISTORY <#history>


	      AUTHOR <#author>

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