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Volume: 30 | Article ID: art00022
Non-Linear Masking based Contrast Enhancement via Illumination Estimation
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2018.13.IPAS-389  Published OnlineJanuary 2018

Contrast enhancement which is an important part of digital image processing has been studied for a long time and widely used in various fields such as digital photography or medical imaging. The purpose of contrast enhancement is to improve the overall contrast of the image and details on the local area. Contrast enhancement algorithms are classified into histogram based methods, tone mapping based methods, and retinex theory based methods. Particularly, retinex theory is widely applied at the spatial domain contrast enhancement. In this paper, we propose the contrast enhancement algorithm using the estimated illumination. Different from conventional retinex based algorithms, the estimated illumination serves as the tone mapping criterion and masked with original image. The intensity of estimated illumination image is adaptively modulated according to original image to improve the contrast of image effectively. Experimental results show that both global and local contrast are enhanced simultaneously with the proposed algorithm. Objective assessment using performance metrics also shows that the proposed method has the highest scores compared to the conventional methods.

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Soonyoung Hong, Minsub Kim, Moon Gi Kang, "Non-Linear Masking based Contrast Enhancement via Illumination Estimationin Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems XVI,  2018,  pp 389-1 - 389-5,

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