Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Perceptual Color Image Smoothing via a New Region-Based PDE Scheme

Baptiste Magnier, Philippe Montesinos, Daniel Diep


In this paper, we present a new color image regularization method using a rotating smoothing filter. This approach combines a pixel classification method, which roughly determines if a pixel belongs to a homogenous region or an edge with an anisotropic perceptual edge detector capable of computing two precise diffusion directions. Using a now classical formulation, image regularization is here treated as a variational model, where successive iterations of associated PDE (Partial Differential Equation) are equivalent to a diffusion process. Our model uses two kinds of diffusion: isotropic and anisotropic diffusion. Anisotropic diffusion is accurately controlled near edges and corners, while isotropic diffusion is applied to smooth regions either homogeneous or corrupted by noise. A comparison of our approach with other regularization methods applied on real images demonstrate that our model is able to efficiently restore images as well as handle diffusion, and at the same time preserve edges and corners well.

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