Proceedings: GI 2012

Fast adaptive edge-aware mask generation

Michael Tao, Aravind Krishnaswamy

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2012: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 28 - 30 May 2012, 77-83

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    author = {Tao, Michael and Krishnaswamy, Aravind},
    title = {Fast adaptive edge-aware mask generation},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2012},
    series = {GI 2012},
    year = {2012},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-4503-1420-6},
    location = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {77--83},
    numpages = {7},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},


Selective editing, also known as masking, is a common technique to create localized effects, such as color (hue, saturation) and tonal management, on images. Many current techniques require parameter tuning or many strokes to achieve suitable results. We propose a fast novel algorithm that requires minimal strokes and parameter tuning from users, segments the desired selection, and produces an adaptive feathered matte. Our approach consists of two steps: first, the algorithm extracts color similarities using radial basis functions; second, the algorithm segments the region the user selects to respect locality. Because of the linear complexity and simplicity in required user-input, the approach is suitable for multiple applications including mobile devices.