3D Glossary--Diffuse Color
Diffuse color is the most instinctive meaning of the color of an object. It is that essential color that the object reveals under pure white light. It is perceived as the color of the object itself rather than a reflection of the light.
Diffuse color is distinguished from a luminous color which an a object gives off on its own, and not in response to lighting. Diffuse color is also distinguished from the color of specular reflection (highlights) off an object, which are generally the color of the light source itself.
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Created: June 16, 1997
Revised: June 16, 1997