Digital papercutting

Yanxi Liu, James Hays, Heung Yeung Shum, Ying Qing Xu

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We develop a symmetry-based computer analysis and synthesis platform that, given a digitized image of a real-world papercut-pattern, is able to (1) identify dihedral and frieze symmetry as well as asymmetric sub-patterns of the input; (2) generate a fold-then-cut plan that can be used to recreate the input papercutpattern; and (3) synthesize new papercut patterns by varying the motif automatically extracted from the input, or by varying the symmetry group describing the structural organization of the input papercut pattern. We formalize a papercut-pattern as a composition of multiple sub-patterns that are either reflection symmetric (with dihedral or frieze symmetry groups) or reflection asymmetric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Jul 31 2005
EventInternational Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2005 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2005Aug 4 2005


OtherInternational Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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