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Image enhancement

The aim of image enhancement is to improve the interpretability or perception of information in images for human viewers, or to provide `better' input for other automated image processing techniques.

Image enhancement techniques can be divided into two broad categories:

Spatial domain methods, which operate directly on pixels, and
frequency domain methods, which operate on the Fourier transform of an image.

Unfortunately, there is no general theory for determining what is `good' image enhancement when it comes to human perception. If it looks good, it is good! However, when image enhancement techniques are used as pre-processing tools for other image processing techniques, then quantitative measures can determine which techniques are most appropriate.

Robyn Owens