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A fast, high-quality inverse halftoning algorithm for error diffused halftones

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4 Author(s)
T. D. Kite ; Texas Univ., Austin, TX, USA ; N. Damera-Venkata ; B. L. Evans ; A. C. Bovik

Halftones and other binary images are difficult to process with causing several degradation. Degradation is greatly reduced if the halftone is inverse halftoned (converted to grayscale) before scaling, sharpening, rotating, or other processing. For error diffused halftones, we present (1) a fast inverse halftoning algorithm and (2) a new multiscale gradient estimator. The inverse halftoning algorithm is based on anisotropic diffusion. It uses the new multiscale gradient estimator to vary the tradeoff between spatial resolution and grayscale resolution at each pixel to obtain a sharp image with a low perceived noise level. Because the algorithm requires fewer than 300 arithmetic operations per pixel and processes 7×7 neighborhoods of halftone pixels, it is well suited for implementation in VLSI and embedded software. We compare the implementation cost, peak signal to noise ratio, and visual quality with other inverse halftoning algorithms

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IEEE Transactions on Image Processing  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 9 )