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Contour-based image warping
Author(s): Kwai Hung Chan; Rynson W.H. Lau
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Paper Abstract

Image warping concerns about transforming an image from one spatial coordinate to another. It is widely used for the vidual effect of deforming and morphing images in the film industry. A number of warping techniques have been introduced, which are mainly based on the corresponding pair mapping of feature points, feature vectors or feature patches (mostly triangular or quadrilateral). However, very often warping of an image object with an arbitrary shape is required. This requires a warping technique which is based on boundary contour instead of feature points or feature line-vectors. In addition, when feature point or feature vector based techniques are used, approximation of the object boundary by using point or vectors is required. In this case, the matching process of the corresponding pairs will be very time consuming if a fine approximation is required. In this paper, we propose a contour-based warping technique for warping image objects with arbitrary shapes. The novel idea of the new method is the introduction of mathematical morphology to allow a more flexible control of image warping. Two morphological operators are used as contour determinators. The erosion operator is used to warp image contents which are inside a user specified contour while the dilation operation is used to warp image contents which are outside of the contour. This new method is proposed to assist further development of a semi-automatic motion morphing system when accompanied with robust feature extractors such as deformable template or active contour model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2898, Electronic Imaging and Multimedia Systems, (30 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253376
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Kwai Hung Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (Hong Kong)
Rynson W.H. Lau, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (Hong Kong)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2898:
Electronic Imaging and Multimedia Systems
Chung-Sheng Li; Robert L. Stevenson; LiWei Zhou, Editor(s)

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