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J. Imaging 2017, 3(3), 38; doi:10.3390/jimaging3030038

Histogram-Based Color Transfer for Image Stitching

Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University, CNRS, UMR 7534, CEREMADE, 75016 Paris, France;
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the 6th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications (IPTA’16), Oulu, Finland, 12–15 December 2016.
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Received: 5 July 2017 / Revised: 5 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 9 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Color Image Processing)
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Color inconsistency often exists between the images to be stitched and will reduce the visual quality of the stitching results. Color transfer plays an important role in image stitching. This kind of technique can produce corrected images which are color consistent. This paper presents a color transfer approach via histogram specification and global mapping. The proposed algorithm can make images share the same color style and obtain color consistency. There are four main steps in this algorithm. Firstly, overlapping regions between a reference image and a test image are obtained. Secondly, an exact histogram specification is conducted for the overlapping region in the test image using the histogram of the overlapping region in the reference image. Thirdly, a global mapping function is obtained by minimizing color differences with an iterative method. Lastly, the global mapping function is applied to the whole test image for producing a color-corrected image. Both the synthetic dataset and real dataset are tested. The experiments demonstrate that the proposed algorithm outperforms the compared methods both quantitatively and qualitatively. View Full-Text
Keywords: color transfer; color correction; image stitching; histogram specification; global mapping curve color transfer; color correction; image stitching; histogram specification; global mapping curve
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