Visual Computing

University of Konstanz
ACM Transactions on Graphics

Joint Bilateral Upsampling

J. Kopf, M. Cohen, D. Lischinski, M. Uyttendaele
Teaser of Joint Bilateral Upsampling


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Image analysis and enhancement tasks such as tone mapping, colorization, stereo depth, and photomontage, often require computing a solution (e.g., for exposure, chromaticity, disparity, labels) over the pixel grid. Computational and memory costs often require that a smaller solution be run over a downsampled image. Although general purpose upsampling methods can be used to interpolate the low resolution solution to the full resolution, these methods generally assume a smoothness prior for the interpolation. We demonstrate that in cases, such as those above, the available high resolution input image may be leveraged as a prior in the context of a joint bilateral upsampling procedure to produce a better high resolution solution. We show results for each of the applications above and compare them to traditional upsampling methods.


  acmid      = {1276497},
  address    = {New York, NY, USA},
  articleno  = {96},
  author     = {J. Kopf and M. Cohen and D. Lischinski and M. Uyttendaele},
  doi        = {10.1145/1276377.1276497},
  issn       = {0730-0301},
  issue_date = {July 2007},
  journal    = {ACM Transactions on Graphics},
  keywords   = {bilateral filter, upsampling},
  month      = {jul},
  number     = {3},
  publisher  = {ACM},
  title      = {Joint Bilateral Upsampling},
  url        = {},
  volume     = {26},
  year       = {2007},