A cell-based matting Laplacian for contrast enhancement

Chen Yu Tseng*, Sheng-Jyh Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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While various kinds of local tone mapping approaches have been proposed for contrast enhancement, how to automatically recovering overly bright and/or overly dark regions in an image without introducing extra artifacts still remains a challenging problem. Conventional approaches usually apply a translation-invariant filter to decompose the contrast information of an image into a global component and a detailed component and then adjust the contrast components according to some preselected criteria. However, the use of translation-invariant filter makes it hard to adaptively decompose the contrast information based on local image contents. To overcome this problem, we derive a global optimization approach with the use of cell-based matting Laplacian matrix to obtain more accurate decomposition. Besides, for the adjustment of contrast component, we present a spatially varying gamma adjustment approach that can locally recover poorly exposed regions and properly enhance contrast detail. This translation-varying approach can successfully suppress the halo artifacts without the loss of image details.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2012 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781467325332
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012
Event2012 19th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2012 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: 30 Sep 20123 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP
ISSN (Print)1522-4880


Conference2012 19th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2012
CountryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL


  • contrast enhancement
  • gamma adjustment
  • matting Laplacian

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