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Manual Reference Pages  -  PYRMASK (1)

NAME

pyrmask - Blend two images together using Gaussian pyramids.

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Options
See Also
Author
Bugs

SYNOPSIS

pyrmask [ -l levels ] [ -o outfile ] inmask outmask maskfile

DESCRIPTION

Pyrmask blends two images together by first breaking the images down into separate bandpass images, combining these separate images, and then adding the new bandpass images back into a single output image. This can produce very seamless blends of digital images. The two images are combined on the basis of a third "mask" image. The resulting image will contain the inmask image where the mask contains a maximum value (255) and the outmask image where the mask contains zeros. This is done on a channel by channel basis, i.e. the maskfile should have data in each channel describing how to combine each channel of the inmask and outmask images. All three images must have exactly the same dimensions (both image size and number of channels). For best results, it’s often useful to filter the mask image a little with smush(1) first.

OPTIONS

-l levels
  How many pyramid levels to use (maximum is log(2) of image size).
-o outfile
  If specified, output will be written to this file, otherwise it will go to stdout.

SEE ALSO

smush(1), rleswap(1), urt(1), RLE(5),
Burt and Adelson, "A Multiresolution Spline With Applications to Image Mosaics", ACM Transactions on Graphics, October 1983, V2 #4, p. 217.
Ogden, Adelson, Bergen and Burt, "Pyramid-based Computer Graphics", RCA Engineer, Sept/Oct 1985, p. 4.

AUTHOR

Rod Bogart

BUGS

The current implementation has very strict requirements for image sizes and dimensions. The extensive use of floating point computation makes it very slow for normal sized images. It also keeps all of the bandpass images in core at once, which requires considerable amounts of memory.

Pyrmask is built on top of a library of functions for working with Gaussian pyramids. This library has yet to be documented or fully tested.

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