A Study of Opacity Ranges for Transparent Overlays in 3D Landscapes

09/02/2020 ∙ by Jan Hombeck, et al. ∙ 0

When visualizing data in a realistically rendered 3D virtual environment, it is often important to represent not only the 3D scene but also overlaid information about additional, abstract data. These overlays must be usefully visible, i.e. be readable enough to convey the information they represent, but remain unobtrusive to avoid cluttering the view. We take a step toward establishing guidelines for designing such overlays by studying the relationship between three different patterns (filled, striped and dotted patterns), two pattern densities, the presence or not of a solid outline, two types of background (blank and with trees), and the opacity of the overlay. For each combination of factors, participants set the faintest and the strongest acceptable opacity values. Results from this first study suggest that i) ranges of acceptable opacities are around 20-70 5 pattern and density.

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