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International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing(IJIGSP)

ISSN: 2074-9074 (Print), ISSN: 2074-9082 (Online)

Published By: MECS Press

IJIGSP Vol.10, No.2, Feb. 2018

A Low-Complexity Algorithm for Contrast Enhancement of Digital Images

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Author(s)

Zohair Al-Ameen, Zaman Awni Hasan

Index Terms

Contrast enhancement;Image processing;Low-complexity algorithm;Low-contrast

Abstract

As known, the contrast is a highly important feature by which the visual quality of digital images can be judged as adequate or poor. Hence, many methods exist for contrast enhancement, where the complexity of those methods usually varies due to the utilization of different concepts. In this article, a simple yet efficient algorithm is introduced for contrast enhancement of digital images. The proposed algorithm consists of four distinct stages: In the first stage, the hyperbolic sine function is applied to provide a simple contrast modification. In the second stage, a modified power-law function is utilized to control the amount of contrast adjustment. In the third stage, the standard sigmoid function is used to remap the image pixels into an “S” shape, which can provide further contrast enhancement. In the final stage, a contrast stretching function is applied to remap the image pixels into their natural dynamic range. The performed computer experiments on different low-contrast images demonstrated the efficiency of the proposed algorithm in processing synthetic and real degraded images, as it provided better and clearer results when compared to several existing contrast enhancement algorithms. To end with, the proposed algorithm can be used as a contrast processing step in many image-related applications.

Cite This Paper

Zohair Al-Ameen, Zaman Awni Hasan," A Low-Complexity Algorithm for Contrast Enhancement of Digital Images", International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing(IJIGSP), Vol.10, No.2, pp. 60-67, 2018.DOI: 10.5815/ijigsp.2018.02.07

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