Fakultät Informatik

Quasi-Convolution Pyramidal Blurring

 Martin Kraus

Computer Graphics and Visualization Group, Technische Universität München, Germany

Background

Efficient image blurring techniques based on the pyramid algorithm can be implemented on modern graphics hardware; thus, image blurring with arbitrary blur width is possible in real time even for large images. However, pyramidal blurring methods do not achieve the image quality provided by convolution filters; in particular, the shape of the corresponding filter kernel varies locally, which potentially results in objectionable rendering artifacts. In this work, a new analysis filter is designed that significantly reduces this variation for a particular pyramidal blurring technique. Moreover, an efficient implementation for programmable graphics hardware is presented. The proposed method is named "quasi-convolution pyramidal blurring" since the resulting effect is very close to image blurring based on a convolution filter for many applications.

Associated publications

Quasi-Convolution Pyramidal Blurring
Martin Kraus, GRAPP 2008 [Bibtex]

 

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