Color blur

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Color blur

Post by dognose » 2016-12-01T09:27:20-07:00

I was just watching this video on how broken color blur is

and noticed the same problem with IM -blur and -gaussian-blur


Notice the dark line in the middle.

Is there an easy way to fix this?

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Re: Color blur

Post by fmw42 » 2016-12-01T10:34:24-07:00

try this

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convert -size 300x300 xc:red xc:green1 +append \
-evaluate pow 2 -blur 0x3 -evaluate pow 0.5 tmp.png
pow 2 = square

pow 0.5 = sqrt

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Re: Color blur

Post by snibgo » 2016-12-01T10:59:36-07:00

It isn't "wrong", but just the way it works.

The perceived dark band occurs when we blur (or anti-alias, etc) in sRGB, or other non-linear colorspace. If we don't want this, then convert to linear colorspace before blurring, and back to non-linear afterwards.

If the image is encoded in sRGB, then use "-colorspace RGB" and "-colorspace sRGB". Or as the video says inaccurately, square and square-root. Or, better, use 2.2 and 0.454545.
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Re: Color blur

Post by anthony » 2016-12-08T22:41:47-07:00

It is also because the blur blurs red areas into black, and green areas into black because they are seperate color channels!
Try doing the blur in a different (also more linear) colorspace. Perhaps LAB or LUV colorspace.

Though snibgo is right in that the non-linear colors of sRGB is probably the main culpret


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convert -size 50x50 xc:red xc:green1 +append -blur 0x30 show:
convert -size 50x50 xc:red xc:green1 +append -colorspace RGB -blur 0x30 -colorspace sRGB show:
convert -size 50x50 xc:red xc:green1 +append -colorspace LAB -blur 0x30 -colorspace sRGB show:
convert -size 50x50 xc:red xc:green1 +append -colorspace LUV -blur 0x30 -colorspace sRGB show:
The first shows the 'black' band. The other three (linear colorspace blurs) show basically identical, 'orange' bands.

This may be the best example yet on why image processing in sRGB is a bad idea.

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UPDATE: The linked examples has now been formatted with example image results.
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