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Guided mesh normal filtering

Zhang, Wangyu; Deng, Bailin; Zhang, Juyong; Bouaziz, Sofien; Liu, Ligang


Wangyu Zhang

Bailin Deng

Juyong Zhang

Sofien Bouaziz

Ligang Liu


The joint bilateral filter is a variant of the standard bilateral filter, where the range kernel is evaluated using a guidance signal instead of the original signal. It has been successfully applied to various image processing problems, where it provides more flexibility than the standard bilateral filter to achieve high quality results. On the other hand, its success is heavily dependent on the guidance signal, which should ideally provide a robust estimation about the features of the output signal. Such a guidance signal is not always easy to construct. In this paper, we propose a novel mesh normal filtering framework based on the joint bilateral filter, with applications in mesh denoising. Our framework is designed as a two-stage process: first, we apply joint bilateral filtering to the face normals, using a properly constructed normal field as the guidance; afterwards, the vertex positions are updated according to the filtered face normals. We compute the guidance normal on a face using a neighboring patch with the most consistent normal orientations, which provides a reliable estimation of the true normal even with a high-level of noise. The effectiveness of our approach is validated by extensive experimental results.


Zhang, W., Deng, B., Zhang, J., Bouaziz, S., & Liu, L. (2015). Guided mesh normal filtering. Computer graphics forum : journal of the European Association for Computer Graphics, 34(7), 23-34.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Acceptance Date Jul 31, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 15, 2015
Publication Date Oct 1, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2015
Journal Computer graphics forum
Print ISSN 0167-7055
Electronic ISSN 1467-8659
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 7
Pages 23-34
Keywords Computer graphics; Computational geometry and object modelling; Geometric algorithms, languages, and systems
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Zhang, W., Deng, B., Zhang, J., Bouaziz, S. and Liu, L. (2015), Guided Mesh Normal Filtering. Computer Graphics Forum, 34: 23–34, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.


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