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Image Component Separation


The separation of direct and global illumination components is interesting for many applications in Computer Graphics and Computer Vision, such as BRDF estimation or material classification. However, for full-resolution images, a large number of coded images have to be acquired. For many interactive applications, such as the acquisition of dynamic scenes or video capturing, this is not feasible.
In our research, a new constrained up-scaling technique for separated direct and global illumination images is proposed which requires two to three coded input images, only. Our approach imposes the boundary condition that the sum of the direct and global components equals the fully illuminated image. We work in a predictive-corrective manner where we first use a single-image up-scaling method in order to predict the higher resolution images. Afterwards, the missing higher frequencies are determined using a fully illuminated image. As the distribution of the higher frequencies differs among the various frequency bands, we apply our approach in an iterative way for small up-scaling steps distributing the missing information by minimizing the overall frequencies.

Ground Truth Prediction Correction
Zoom out RMSE of
Results of our Up-Scaling Technique
Overview of our Up-Scaling Technique


Begutachtete Konferenzbeiträge

[bib] - J. Bader, M. Pätzold, A. Kolb - Constraint Up-Scaling for Direct and Global Image Components
In Int. Conf. Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Journal of Visualization and Computer Vision (WSCG), 21(1), 2013, pages 69 - 78