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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Color harmonization for images
Author(s): Zhen Tang; Zhenjiang Miao; Yanli Wan; Zhifei Wang
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Paper Abstract

Color harmonization is an artistic technique to adjust a set of colors in order to enhance their visual harmony so that they are aesthetically pleasing in terms of human visual perception. We present a new color harmonization method that treats the harmonization as a function optimization. For a given image, we derive a cost function based on the observation that pixels in a small window that have similar unharmonic hues should be harmonized with similar harmonic hues. By minimizing the cost function, we get a harmonized image in which the spatial coherence is preserved. A new matching function is proposed to select the best matching harmonic schemes, and a new component-based preharmonization strategy is proposed to preserve the hue distribution of the harmonized images. Our approach overcomes several shortcomings of the existing color harmonization methods. We test our algorithm with a variety of images to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2011
PDF: 13 pages
J. Electron. Imag. 20(2) 023001 doi: 10.1117/1.3574097
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 20, Issue 2
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Zhen Tang, Beijing Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Zhenjiang Miao, Beijing Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Yanli Wan, Beijing Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Zhifei Wang, Beijing Jiaotong Univ. (China)


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