In this paper, a method for estimating the blur regions of an image is first proposed, resorting to a mixture of linear and nonlinear convolutional kernels. The blur map obtained is then utilized to enhance images such that the enhancement strength is an inverse function of the amount of measured blur. The blur map can also be used for tasks such as attention-based object classification, low light image enhancement, and more. A CNN architecture is trained with nonlinear upsampling layers using a standard blur detection benchmark dataset, with the help of blur target maps. Further, it is proposed to use the same architecture to build maps of areas affected by the typical JPEG artifacts, ringing and blockiness. The blur map and the artifact map pair permit to build an activation map for the enhancement of a (possibly JPEG compressed) image. Extensive experiments on standard test images verify the quality of the maps obtained using the algorithm and their effectiveness in locally controlling the enhancement, for superior perceptual quality. Last but not least, the computation time for generating these maps is much lower than the one of other comparable algorithms.

Nonlinear kernel based feature maps for blur-sensitive unsharp masking of JPEG images

Bhattacharya J.
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Marsi S.
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2022-01-01

Abstract

In this paper, a method for estimating the blur regions of an image is first proposed, resorting to a mixture of linear and nonlinear convolutional kernels. The blur map obtained is then utilized to enhance images such that the enhancement strength is an inverse function of the amount of measured blur. The blur map can also be used for tasks such as attention-based object classification, low light image enhancement, and more. A CNN architecture is trained with nonlinear upsampling layers using a standard blur detection benchmark dataset, with the help of blur target maps. Further, it is proposed to use the same architecture to build maps of areas affected by the typical JPEG artifacts, ringing and blockiness. The blur map and the artifact map pair permit to build an activation map for the enhancement of a (possibly JPEG compressed) image. Extensive experiments on standard test images verify the quality of the maps obtained using the algorithm and their effectiveness in locally controlling the enhancement, for superior perceptual quality. Last but not least, the computation time for generating these maps is much lower than the one of other comparable algorithms.
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