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Contrast preserving color fusion
Author(s): Jan Kamenicky; Barbara Zitova
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Paper Abstract

We will address the problem of edge preserving image fusion for visualization and for printing of two intensity images from different modalities. The most important point is that instead of degrading the contained information by intensity output only, we will compute a color image in the way that gives us better possibility to control edge preservation. The most common approach in these situations is the use of an alpha-blending, leading in some cases to worse visibility of edges present in one of the input images. The proposed method is meant to solve this issue by preserving intensity changes in the input images equally, independently of the other modality. The main idea of the method is based on the perceptual color difference. A 2D rectangular color mapping scheme is created in such a way, that color differences as perceived by the human eye in all points are nearly the same. Then, this mapping scheme is applied to generate the output color. The proposed method can help to distinguish even slight differences in any input modality without risk of losing details. Modifications of the proposed method can be derived for special cases where certain intensity intervals are more important than others.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7866, Color Imaging XVI: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications, 78660L (25 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872392
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Jan Kamenicky, Institute of Information Theory and Automation (Czech Republic)
Barbara Zitova, Institute of Information Theory and Automation (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7866:
Color Imaging XVI: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications
Reiner Eschbach; Gabriel G. Marcu; Alessandro Rizzi, Editor(s)

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