Book Description

Illuminated Pixels is built on the fundamental idea that great digital lighting comes from knowledge of three basic areas. Each of these areas is important, much like a three-legged stool. We all know what happens if one of the legs of a three-legged stool is wobbly or short. These three basic areas are (1) the aesthetics of the image, (2) the physical properties of real-world lights, and (3) appropriate technique. I coin these three areas the why, what, and how of lighting respectively. (Catchy, isn't it? ;). Read more...


Peter Weishar 
Dean of Film, Digital Media and Performing Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design

Illuminated Pixels is an excellent resource for artists who wish to learn about the practical and aesthetic principles of CG lighting. Professor Wissler writes in a clear and conversational style that is very useful for novices and veterans alike. There are numerous excellent illustrations in the book that serve to break down compositing and rendering procedures into simple and straightforward steps. Perhaps the book shines the most when Virginia Wissler explains the “why” as well as the “how” to the reader. Effects such as global illumination and processes such as multi-layer rendering have become de-facto production techniques for major studios. Wissler clearly lays out the aesthetic advantages (and disadvantages) ofthese and other techniques so an individual user can determine the best methodology for their own work. Read more...

Sample Sections

Here are a few sample sections to see what the book is like. I've included the table of contents and an excerpt from each of the three main areas.

Table of Contents
Exerpt from Part 1 (Introduction to the "How"), Chapter 1 "First Things First"
Exerpt from Part 2 (The "Why"), Chapter 4, "Creating Mood"
Exerpt from Part 3 (The "What"), Chapter 9, "Light Intensity"