Soft edge smoothness prior for alpha channel super resolution

Shengyang Dai*, Mei Han, Wei Xu, Ying Wu, Yihong Gong

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Abstract

Effective image prior is necessary for image super resolution, due to its severely under-determined nature. Although the edge smoothness prior can be effective, it is generally difficult to have analytical forms to evaluate the edge smoothness, especially for soft edges that exhibit gradual intensity transitions. This paper finds the connection between the soft edge smoothness and a soft cut metric on an image grid by generalizing the Geocuts method [5], and proves that the soft edge smoothness measure approximates the average length of all level lines in an intensity image. This new finding not only leads to an analytical characterization of the soft edge smoothness prior, but also gives an intuitive geometric explanation. Regularizing the super resolution problem by this new form of prior can simultaneously minimize the length of all level lines, and thus resulting in visually appealing results. In addition, this paper presents a novel combination of this soft edge smoothness prior and the alpha matting technique for color image super resolution, by normalizing edge segments with their alpha channel description, to achieve a unified treatment of edges with different contrast and scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR'07
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Event2007 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR'07 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2007Jun 22 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1063-6919

Other

Other2007 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR'07
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period6/17/076/22/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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