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### Diffusion Curves

Dr. Scott Schaefer

Diffusion Curves

- Vector graphics-based representation for 2D images
- Images are piecewise smooth with discontinuities represented as curves

Image taken from “Diffusion Curves: A Vector Representation for Smooth-Shaded Images”

Representation

- Bezier curves represent discontinuities
- Give each curve a color function on left/right side of curve
- Original paper uses linear color change
- Modification: Control points can have any color

Image taken from “Diffusion Curves: A Vector Representation for Smooth-Shaded Images”

Image Construction

Use curves as boundary constraints

Find a harmonic function that interpolates those boundary constraints

Image taken from “Diffusion Curves: A Vector Representation for Smooth-Shaded Images”

Implementation (Simplified)

Define a left/right color for points

Use a background color to represent no data (black)

Draw curve as a polygon made of quads (thick) with smooth shading

Implementation (Simplified)

- Colored pixels are constraints
- Find a harmonic function satisfying constraints
- Harmonic function has Laplacian zero everywhere

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- Colored pixels are constraints
- Find a harmonic function satisfying constraints
- Harmonic function has Laplacian zero everywhere

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- Colored pixels are constraints
- Find a harmonic function satisfying constraints
- Harmonic function has Laplacian zero everywhere
- Each value is average of its neighbors

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- Draw curves as quads
- Read pixel buffer back from OpenGL
- Repeat a lot
- For all pixels whose initial value was black, replace with average color of its neighbors from previous iteration

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Simple Multi-Grid

- Create power of 2 down-sampled images
- Average value of all non-black pixels
- For each level, starting at second to last
- Up-sample previous level
- Copy pixel value to black high-res pixels (non-black pixels are constraints)
- For some number of iterations
- For each non-constrained pixel, replace with color of its neighbors from previous iteration

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Down-sampled 2x2

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Down-sampled 1x1

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