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Multi-scale Visualization of Molecular Architecture Using Real-Time Ambient Occlusion in Sculptor

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Local and SSAO rendering of an atomic structure of a maltoporin protein (PDB ID 1AF6).

(a) Standard local lighting, which provides only a locally acceptable approximation of real world lighting. (b) Depth cueing, which unevenly shades the three (slightly tilted) channels and looks unrealistic at the bottom. (c-d) SSAO, at two different sampling sizes that emphasize spatial features according to user preference. The protein is shown in van der Waals mode in an orientation corresponding to Fig 2 in [16]. All molecular graphics figures in this paper were created with Sculptor version 2.1 [17, 18].

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