Image processing: How to remove background from an image RRS feed

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  • I am working on image processing. The work is to remove background from an image. I read lots of notes online, made several researches but all to no avail. I use c# and vb. please help me with the flow/algorithm to achieve this. This has been on me for close to 2months now.
    Monday, October 21, 2019 3:20 PM

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  • Have you tried Bitmap.MakeTransparent ?

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    Monday, October 21, 2019 4:21 PM
  • Hi,

    Use MakeTransparent, you can achieve simple image background deletion, but when the background color is complex, it is recommended to use PhotoShop mentioned above.

    Since the image processing algorithm relies on a large amount of training or basic data, it is not a good idea for some results to use a static algorithm to complete the long training independently for each application. Therefore, many similar results will be provided as an api service interface. Of course, third-party services may require payment, but generally have a certain amount of free. 

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    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:15 AM
  • Use SetColorKey as shown below to set a range of color to make transparent in the image. In the example I have removed all the background from the image in Karen's link above.

    One can remove colors from two passes of the colorkey ie range of black-gray and range of smoke to white.

    There are other ways to remove single colors as well and if you define a fence around the image colors you can do that and etc.

    See how all the high gray to white color range was removed from the original dithered image they said could not be done?

    Public Class Form5
        Private srcBmp As New Bitmap("c:\bitmaps\a.jpg")
        Private Sub Form5_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            BackColor = Color.White
        End Sub
        Private Sub Form5_Paint(sender As Object, e As PaintEventArgs) Handles Me.Paint
            Dim destRect As New Rectangle(10, 10, srcBmp.Width, srcBmp.Height)
            e.Graphics.SmoothingMode = Drawing2D.SmoothingMode.AntiAlias
            e.Graphics.DrawImage(srcBmp, Rectangle.Round(destRect))
            e.Graphics.DrawString("Original", Font, Brushes.Black, 40, 210)
            Dim attribs As New System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageAttributes
            attribs.SetColorKey(Color.FromArgb(200, 200, 200), Color.FromArgb(255, 255, 255))
            'draw pic with color filter
            destRect.X = 10
            destRect.Y = 240
            e.Graphics.DrawImage(srcBmp, Rectangle.Round(destRect), 0, 0, srcBmp.Width, srcBmp.Height, GraphicsUnit.Pixel, attribs)
            e.Graphics.DrawString("Filtered Duplicate", Font, Brushes.Black, 40, 430)
        End Sub
    End Class

    PS Here is the filtered transparent image drawn on a black form background. You can see the accuracy between the book pages.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 11:18 AM