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Study of gray image pseudo-color processing algorithms
Author(s): Jinlong Hu; Xianrong Peng; Zhiyong Xu
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Paper Abstract

In gray images which contain abundant information, if the differences between adjacent pixels’ intensity are small, the required information can not be extracted by humans, since humans are more sensitive to color images than gray images. If gray images are transformed to pseudo-color images, the details of images will be more explicit, and the target will be recognized more easily. There are two methods (in frequency field and in spatial field) to realize pseudo-color enhancement of gray images. The first method is mainly the filtering in frequency field, and the second is the equal density pseudo-color coding methods which mainly include density segmentation coding, function transformation and complementary pseudo-color coding. Moreover, there are many other methods to realize pseudo-color enhancement, such as pixel’s self-transformation based on RGB tri-primary, pseudo-color coding from phase-modulated image based on RGB color model, pseudo-color coding of high gray-resolution image, et al. However, above methods are tailored to a particular situation and transformations are based on RGB color space. In order to improve the visual effect, the method based on RGB color space and pixels’ self-transformation is improved in this paper, which is based on HIS color space. Compared with other methods, some gray images with ordinary formats can be processed, and many gray images can be transformed to pseudo-color images with 24 bits. The experiment shows that the processed image has abundant levels, which is consistent with human’s perception.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8415, 6th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes, 841519 (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.977197
Show Author Affiliations
Jinlong Hu, Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)
Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Xianrong Peng, Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)
Zhiyong Xu, Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8415:
6th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes
Wenhan Jiang; Myung K. Cho; Fan Wu, Editor(s)

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