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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2004
  • pp: 713–723

Accurate color synthesis of three-dimensional objects in an image

John H. Xin and Hui-Liang Shen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 713-723 (2004)

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Our study deals with color synthesis of a three-dimensional object in an image; i.e., given a single image, a target color can be accurately mapped onto the object such that the color appearance of the synthesized object closely resembles that of the actual one. As it is almost impossible to acquire the complete geometric description of the surfaces of an object in an image, this study attempted to recover the implicit description of geometry for the color synthesis. The description was obtained from either a series of spectral reflectances or the RGB signals at different surface positions on the basis of the dichromatic reflection model. The experimental results showed that this implicit image-based representation is related to the object geometry and is sufficient for accurate color synthesis of three-dimensional objects in an image. The method established is applicable to the color synthesis of both rigid and deformable objects and should contribute to color fidelity in virtual design, manufacturing, and retailing.

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OCIS Codes
(100.3020) Image processing : Image reconstruction-restoration
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2003
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2003
Published: May 1, 2004

John H. Xin and Hui-Liang Shen, "Accurate color synthesis of three-dimensional objects in an image," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 713-723 (2004)

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