Effects of contrast adjustment on visual gloss of natural textures

Jing Wang*, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Huib De Ridder

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We propose a novel subband-based S-curve transformation for increasing the perceived contrast of images, and use it to explore the relation between perceived gloss and perceived contrast of natural textures. The proposed transformation makes minimal assumptions on lighting conditions and does not require prior knowledge of surface geometry. Through a series of subjective experiments with both complex real-world textures and synthesized Lambertian surfaces, we show that there is a strong and robust correlation between perceived contrast and perceived gloss, regardless of the composition of the texture. We also show that contrast modification of an image with near-frontal illumination can compensate for the change in perceived gloss due to an oblique illumination (of the same texture at the same viewing angle).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XX
EditorsBernice E. Rogowitz, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Huib de Ridder
ISBN (Electronic)9781628414844
StatePublished - 2015
EventHuman Vision and Electronic Imaging XX - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2015Feb 12 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherHuman Vision and Electronic Imaging XX
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • Gloss perception
  • Local band-limited contrast
  • Natural texture
  • Relief height

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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