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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Color correction with blind image restoration based on multiple images using a low-rank model
Author(s): Dong Li; Xudong Xie; Kin-Man Lam
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Paper Abstract

We present a method that can handle the color correction of multiple photographs with blind image restoration simultaneously and automatically. We prove that the local colors of a set of images of the same scene exhibit the low-rank property locally both before and after a color-correction operation. This property allows us to correct all kinds of errors in an image under a low-rank matrix model without particular priors or assumptions. The possible errors may be caused by changes of viewpoint, large illumination variations, gross pixel corruptions, partial occlusions, etc. Furthermore, a new iterative soft-segmentation method is proposed for local color transfer using color influence maps. Due to the fact that the correct color information and the spatial information of images can be recovered using the low-rank model, more precise color correction and many other image-restoration tasks—including image denoising, image deblurring, and gray-scale image colorizing—can be performed simultaneously. Experiments have verified that our method can achieve consistent and promising results on uncontrolled real photographs acquired from the Internet and that it outperforms current state-of-the-art methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2014
PDF: 19 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 23(2) 023010 doi: 10.1117/1.JEI.23.2.023010
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 23, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Dong Li, The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Xudong Xie, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Kin-Man Lam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (Hong Kong, China)


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