Color Sequence Preserving Decolorization

M. J. Yoo, I. K. Lee, S. Lee

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Many visualization techniques use images containing meaningful color sequences. If such images are converted to grayscale, the sequence is often distorted, compromising the information in the image. We preserve the significance of a color sequence during decolorization by mapping the colors from a source image to a grid in the CIELAB color space. We then identify the most significant hues, and thin the corresponding cells of the grid to approximate a curve in the color space, eliminating outliers using a weighted Laplacian eigenmap. This curve is then mapped to a monotonic sequence of gray levels. The saturation values of the resulting image are combined with the original intensity channels to restore details such as text. Our approach can also be used to recolor images containing color sequences, for instance for viewers with color-deficient vision, or to interpolate between two images that use the same geometry and color sequence to present different data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-383
Number of pages11
JournalComputer Graphics Forum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1

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© 2015 The Author(s) Computer Graphics Forum © 2015 The Eurographics Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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