A New Effective Approach for Image Stylization as Proposed by Researchers from China

Science in China Press (08/04/12) Li Ping

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the Beijing Institute of Technology have developed a structure-aware image stylization method to create the effects of artistic drawing and painting using single digital images as input.  They also applied hardware graphics-processing unit (GPU) parallelism to allow for real-time non-photorealistic rendering for more efficient processing.  In addition, the researchers created an image structure map to naturally model the fine structure details in the original images to preserve the image structure between the original and stylized images.  The researchers note that structure-aware stylization usually requires less time for picture recognition, and they found that stylization exhibits more attractiveness to the people viewing the test images.  The new GPU-based structure-aware image stylization method preserves the fine structure between the original and stylized images while avoiding salience information loss caused by contrast abstraction.  The new method also applies an image structure map to naturally model the detailed image structure present in the original images.  The image structure map systematically models the boundary information within the imagery and accentuates the underlying inner structure detail for further stylization.

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