Pixel-level Semantics Guided Image Colorization

5 Aug 2018  ·  Jiaojiao Zhao, Li Liu, Cees G. M. Snoek, Jungong Han, Ling Shao ·

While many image colorization algorithms have recently shown the capability of producing plausible color versions from gray-scale photographs, they still suffer from the problems of context confusion and edge color bleeding. To address context confusion, we propose to incorporate the pixel-level object semantics to guide the image colorization. The rationale is that human beings perceive and distinguish colors based on the object's semantic categories. We propose a hierarchical neural network with two branches. One branch learns what the object is while the other branch learns the object's colors. The network jointly optimizes a semantic segmentation loss and a colorization loss. To attack edge color bleeding we generate more continuous color maps with sharp edges by adopting a joint bilateral upsamping layer at inference. Our network is trained on PASCAL VOC2012 and COCO-stuff with semantic segmentation labels and it produces more realistic and finer results compared to the colorization state-of-the-art.

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