[cairo] Image Format / Pre-Multiplied Alpha Related Feature Request

William Kappler wekapple at ncsu.edu
Wed Jan 27 23:39:17 PST 2016

The issue is not any external format like OpenEXR, but that so far as I am
aware, there is no way to extract non-pre-multiplied information out of
Cairo. This is something I need to do. Were Cairo able to output to
OpenEXR, that would essentially be one of the options I listed that would
resolve this problem. It is, so far as I can tell, not capable of that.

If I must justify the need for this feature, which a Google search has
revealed numerous people talking about regarding Cairo, it is simply that I
am intending to use Cairo's output in far more complex operations than
simple alpha-blends. Pre-multiplied alpha conveys little to no benefit
when, for example, using rayraced transparency.

It does, however, have all the negative impacts I outlined in my first
email - the primary concern of mine being the loss of color range, should
the texel be used in any way other than a simple alpha-blend.

William E. Kappler II
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On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 12:15 AM, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <
ldo at geek-central.gen.nz> wrote:

> On Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:25:42 -0500, William Kappler wrote:
> >    - Most libraries, shaders, and users/programmers expect textures
> > in 3D contexts to be non-pre-multiplied.
> Premultiplied alpha is the usual convention for rendering and
> compositing in both 2D and 3D
> <
> http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Ref/Release_Notes/2.66/Image_Transparency
> >.
> Why premultiplied alpha? <http://keithp.com/~keithp/porterduff/>
> So if you want to reuse a rendered image in a context which does not
> understand premultiplied alpha, you will have to convert it.
> If you care about image quality, you will maintain your assets in a
> floating-point format like OpenEXR, which normally uses premultiplied
> alpha anyway.
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