Joint Intensity-Gradient Guided Generative Modeling for Colorization

28 Dec 2020  ·  Kai Hong, Jin Li, Wanyun Li, Cailian Yang, Minghui Zhang, Yuhao Wang, Qiegen Liu ·

This paper proposes an iterative generative model for solving the automatic colorization problem. Although previous researches have shown the capability to generate plausible color, the edge color overflow and the requirement of the reference images still exist. The starting point of the unsupervised learning in this study is the ob?servation that the gradient map possesses latent infor?mation of the image. Therefore, the inference process of the generative modeling is conducted in joint intensity-gradient domain. Specifically, a set of intensity-gradient formed high-dimensional tensors, as the network input, are used to train a powerful noise conditional score network at the training phase. Furthermore, the joint intensity-gradient constraint in data-fidelity term is proposed to limit the degree of freedom within generative model at the iterative colorization stage, and it is conducive to edge-preserving. Extensive experiments demonstrated that the system out?performed state-of-the-art methods whether in quantitative comparisons or user study.

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