Definitions for "Texture Mapping"
Keywords:  realism, polygon, bitmap, map, geometry
A Texture Mapping is a way of controlling the diffuse color of a surface on a pixel-by-pixel basis, rather than by assigning a single overall value. This is most commonly achieved by applying a color bitmap image to the surface. But color patterns can also be generated by the application itself to create what are called "procedural textures." The term texture map is very confusing because it is actually a color map, and there are other surfacing mapping techniques that directly affect texture. But the word has stuck, and the 3-D artist has no choice but to become accustomed to it.
Application process of a texture on a polygonal object.
This technique pastes saved images, to be used as textures, onto triangle surfaces to improve realism. For example, you could take a picture of a grassy...