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Grey Level Enhancement Contrast stretching Linear mapping Non-linear mapping Efficient implementation of mapping algorithms Design of classes to support gray level mapping

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Image Histogram Brightness histogram provides the frequency of the brightness value in the image.

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Contrast stretching The notion contrast refers to the amplitude of gray-level differences within an image. The range of gray level is a simple measure of how dispersed a data distribution is. Range = g max (x,y) – g min (x,y)

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Contrast enhancement Contrast enhancement - In some digital images, the features of interest occupy only a relatively narrow range of the gray scale. One might use a point operation to expand the contrast of the features of interest so that they occupy a larger portion of the displayed gray-level range. This is called contrast enhancement or contrast stretching.

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Contrast stretching This range of six values is much smaller than the 256 digital values possible. In order to see the differences in the image the contrast range needs to be changed so that the lowest gray value is dark, and the highest gray value is light. If the image from Fig 1(A) was displayed scaling 0 to 255 as black to white the result would look like Figure 1 (B)

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Contrast stretching A simple equation shows the procedure for scaling the digital values is the image: [(gray value – MIN gray value )/(MAX gray value – MIN gray value)]* 255 [( )/( )]*255 = 0 or [( )/ )]*255= The scaling of the gray level values in an image to make hidden information visible is called contrast stretching. The idea behind contrast stretching is to increase the dynamic range of the gray levels in the image

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Grey scale manipulation The process of taking the original data numbers and changing them to new values is called mapping. A mathematical description of the mapping is called a mapping function. The simplest case is thresholding where the intensity profile is replaced by a step function, active at a chosen threshold value. In this case any pixel with a grey level below the threshold in the input image gets mapped to 0 in the output image. Other pixels are mapped to 255.

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Gray level mapping - Conclusions - used to adjust brightness and/or contrast of an image - point processes - operations at a pixel depend only on that pixel

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Linear mapping We can adjust the overall brightness of a greyscale image simply by adding a constant bias, b to pixel values: g(x,y) =f(x,y) + b (1) If b> 0, overall brightness is increased: if b<0, it is decreased. The operation merely shifts the gray level values of all pixels up or down. The effect of this is to make the entire image appear darker or lighter when displayed. Similarly, we can adjust contrast in a greyscale image through multiplication of pixel values by a constant gain, : g(x,y) = f(x,y)(2) If > 1, contrast is increased, whereas if < 1 it is reduced. If is negative, dark areas become light, light areas become dark.

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Linear mapping We can combine two equations ( 1) and (2) to give a general expression for brightness and contrast modification. In this case, the gray scale transformation function takes the form g(x,y) = T[f(x,y)] = f(x,y) + b(3) Often, we do not want to specify a gain and a bias, but would rather map a particular range of gray levels [f 1,f 2 ], onto a new range [g 1,g 2 ]The formula for mapping is : It is easy to show that Equation (4) is a linear mapping of pixel gray level too. (4)

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Linear mapping - Example Figure :The raw image (A, on the left), and the contrast stretched image (B, on the right) The detail in Figure (A) is contained almost between the gray levels 40 and 110. If we scale the image from 40 to 110 into 0 to 255 the entire grey level range will be used. The actual information in the image does not change, however we will be able to see the image more clearly. The scaled, or contrast stretched image is shown in Figure (B).

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Linear mapping - Example The diagram in Figure 4 A) shows how the original data numbers were stretched out so that the lowest value (~40) was set to 0 (black) and the highest value (~110) was set to 255 (white). The original values are represented by the lower axis, and the new mapped values by the upright axis. Figure 4( B) shows a diagram of the mapping function used to contrast stretch Figure ( A) into Figure 3 (B).

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There are two special cases of linear mapping that are worthy of note. In the first, we increase the gain factor until two adjacent gray level f 1 and f 2, are mapped onto the extremes of the 8-bit range (0-255). Consequently, gray levels up to and including f 1 are mapped onto 0, whereas gray levels greater than f 1 are mapped onto 255. We can say that f 1 acts as a threshold. This limiting case produces a two-level (binary ) image The mapping operation is then termed thresholding The second special case of linear mapping is where , the gain factor applied to grey levels is negative. If is negative, dark areas become light, light areas become dark (image negatives).

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Image Negatives

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In general the locations of point ( f 1 (x,y), g 1 (x,y)) and (f 2 (x,y) and g 2 (x,y) ) control the shape of the transformation function f1f1 f2f2 f a - Negative transformation b - contrast enhancement (between f1 and f2) c - Brightness thresholding

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Linear mapping 1. If f 1 (x,y) =g 1 (x,y) and f 2 (x,y) = g 2 (x,y) – the transformation is linear that produces no changes in gray level. 2. If f 1 (x,y)=f 2 (x,y), q 1 (x,y) =0 and g 2 (x,y) = 255 – the transformation becomes a thresholding function that creates a binary image. 3. Intermediate values of ( f 1,g 1 ) and (f 2,g 2 ) produce various degrees of spread in the gray levels of the output image, thus effecting its contrast. ( see Digital Image Processing a practical introduction using Java, GreyMap Tool)

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Linear mapping -Conclusions Linear mapping g(x,y) = a*f(x,y) + b - a is called the gain - adjusts contrast - b is called the bias - adjusts brightness overall - may want to map input range [f1, f2] onto output range [g1, g2] - gain a = (g2-g1)/(f2-f1) - bias b = g1 - a*f1 - need to clamp g(x,y) to valid range for image type - thresholding - gain is so large that all pixels are mapped to either black or white - negation - gain is negative, resulting in the negative of the image - piecewise linear mappings

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Non -linear mapping Non-linear mapping functions have a useful property. Sometimes the dynamic range of a processed image far exceeds the capability of the display device, in which case only the brightest parts of the image are visible on the display screen. An effective way to compress the dynamic range of pixel values is to perform the logarithmic intensity mapping (transformation) function. where c is a scaling constant, and the logarithm function performs the desired compressing of dynamic range. The gain, applied to input grey levels – as measured by the slope of a tangent to the function – can vary. Thus the way is which contrast is modified depends on input grey level.

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Non -linear mapping For example we can use logarithmic mapping function and two ranges of input grey level, f 1 and f 2, of equal width, are shown. Range f 1, which occurs at low gray level, is mapped onto a wider range, g1: thus, contrast is increased. However, at the high end of the scale, g 2 < f 2 – so contrast is reduced here.

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Non -linear mapping In general, logarithmic mapping is useful if we wish to enhance detail in the darker regions of the image, at the expense of detail in the brighter regions.

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Exponential mapping of gray level If we apply exponential mapping of gray level, the effect is the reverse of that obtained with logarithmic mapping; contrast in the brighter parts of an image is increased at the expense of contrast in the darker parts. In this case g 1 f 2.

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We also can use square root function as a non-linear transformation of gray level

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Non -linear mapping - Conclusions Non-linear mapping - function must be single-valued -allows you to stretch contrast in part of the range, reduce contrast in other parts - i.e. the gain varies depending on the input value - logarithmic mapping increases contrast in the darker areas of the image -exponential mapping increases contrast in the brighter areas of the image

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Grey-Level Transformation Table Grey-Level Transformation Table for performing linear grey level stretching of the three bands of the image. Red line: XS3 band; Green line: XS2 band; Blue line: XS1 band.

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Multispectral SPOT image after enhancement by a simple linear greylevel stretching.

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