Abstract: In this paper we present a novel decolorization strategy, based on image fusion principles. We show that by defining proper inputs and weight maps, our fusion-based strategy can yield accurate decolorized images, in which the original discriminability and appearance of the color images are well preserved. Aside from the independent R,G,B channels, we also employ an additional input channel that conserves color contrast, based on the Helmholtz-Kohlrausch effect. We use three different weight maps in order to control saliency, exposure and saturation.
In order to prevent potential artifacts that could be introduced by applying the weight maps in a per pixel fashion, our algorithm is designed as a multi-scale approach.
The potential of the new operator has been tested on a large dataset of both natural and synthetic images. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our technique, based on an extensive evaluation against the state-of-the-art grayscale methods, and its ability to decolorize videos in a consistent manner.