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Color constancy effects measurement of the Retinex theory
Author(s): Daniele Marini; Alessandro Rizzi; Caterina Carati
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Paper Abstract

Understanding chromatic adaptation is a necessary step to solve the color constancy problem for a variety of application purposes. Retinex theory justifies chromatic adaptation, as well as other color illusions, on visual perception principles. Based on the above theory, we have derived an algorithm to solve the color constancy problem and to simulate chromatic adaption. The evaluation of the result depends on the kind of applications considered. Since our purpose is to contribute to the problem of color rendering on computer system display for photorealistic image synthesis, we have devised a specific test approach. A virtual 'Mondrian' patchwork has been created by applying a rendering algorithm with a photorealistic light model to generate images under different light sources. Trichromatic values of the computer generated patches are the input data for the Retinex algorithm, which computes new color corrected patches. The Euclidean distance in CIELAB space, between the original and Retinex color corrected trichromatic values, has been calculated, showing that the Retinex computational model is very well suited to solve the color constancy problem without any information on the illuminant spectral distribution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3648, Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts IV, (22 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334564
Show Author Affiliations
Daniele Marini, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Alessandro Rizzi, Univ. degli Studi di Brescia (Italy)
Caterina Carati, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3648:
Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts IV
Giordano B. Beretta; Reiner Eschbach, Editor(s)

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