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Color histogram specification by histogram warping
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Paper Abstract

Histogram warping is a novel histogram specification technique for use in color image processing. As a general purpose tool for color correction, our technique constructs a global color mapping function in order to transform the colors of a source image to match a target color distribution to any desired degree of accuracy. To reduce the risk of color distortion, the transformation takes place in an image dependent color space, featuring perceptually uniform color axes with statistically independent chromatic components. Eliminating the coherence between the color axes enables the transformation to operate independently on each color axis. Deforming the source color distribution to reproduce the dominant color features of the target distribution, the histogram warping process is controlled by designating the color shifts and contrast adjustments for a set of key colors. Assisted by mode detection, matching quantiles establish the correspondence between the color distributions. Interpolation by monotonic splines serves to extend the mapping over the entire dynamic range without introducing artificial discontinuities into the resulting color density. We show how our method can be applied to color histogram equalization as well as color transfer from an example image or a color palette.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5667, Color Imaging X: Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications, (17 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.596953
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Grundland, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Neil A. Dodgson, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5667:
Color Imaging X: Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications
Reiner Eschbach; Gabriel G. Marcu, Editor(s)

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