RGB color cube-based histogram specification for hue-preserving color image enhancement

Kohei Inoue, Kenji Hara, Kiichi Urahama

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    A large number of color image enhancementmethods are based on themethods for grayscale image enhancement in which the main interest is contrast enhancement. However, since colors usually have three attributes, including hue, saturation and intensity of more than only one attribute of grayscale values, the naive application of themethods for grayscale images to color images often results in unsatisfactory consequences. Conventional hue-preserving color image enhancement methods utilize histogram equalization (HE) for enhancing the contrast. However, they cannot always enhance the saturation simultaneously. In this paper, we propose a histogram specification (HS) method for enhancing the saturation in hue-preserving color image enhancement. The proposed method computes the target histogram for HS on the basis of the geometry of RGB (rad, green and blue) color space, whose shape is a cube with a unit side length. Therefore, the proposed method includes no parameters to be set by users. Experimental results show that the proposed method achieves higher color saturation than recent parameter-free methods for hue-preserving color image enhancement. As a result, the proposed method can be used for an alternative method of HE in hue-preserving color image enhancement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number24
    JournalJournal of Imaging
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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