Good Continuation in Layers: Shading flows, color flows, surfaces and shadows Academic Article uri icon


  • We extend the concept of good continuation in a uniform fashion from boundaries to shading, hue, and texture. Each has the property that local measurements yield an orientation, which we explicitly establish for hue using geometric harmonic techniques. Good continuation arises in a geometric sense, because these orientations all vary smoothly in an appropriate sense. Thus they correspond to flows. Taken together they define a layered set of flows, in the sense the "horizontal" computations within each flow provide global consistency while "vertical" computations across flows enable the identification of shading and shadowing and different types of edges. Evidence is reviewed that primate visual systems enjoy such an organization.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006