Filtering in picture colorization
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1. A method for modifying colors of a digitized frame of picture stock comprising the steps of:
 digitizing an unfiltered reference picture, thereby generating a set of representative digital units, each of the digital units having a value;
digitizing a filtered reference picture substantially identical in subject matter to the unfiltered reference picture, thereby generating a set of representative digital units, each of the digital units corresponding to a digital unit of the unfiltered set of digital units and having a value;
quantitative differencing between the value of each corresponding digital unit of the filtered and unfiltered sets of digital units;
generating a mathematical model representative of the quantitative difference between the value of each of the digital units of the filtered and unfiltered sets of digital units; and
applying the mathematical model to the digitized frame.
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Picture filtering technology generates mathematical mathematical models to represent photographic filters for application to digitized frames of picture stock. A desired filter is determined, and reference pictures, one taken with the filter and one taken without the filter, are selected from a picture library. The selected pictures are digitized and stored. The digitized pictures respectively comprise corresponding sets of pixels or digital data units between which a quantitative differencing is performed. The quantitative difference may be based on any number of variables, such as luminance. When the difference in the luminance values of each corresponding pair of pixels is determined, a mathematical model which is representative of this difference is generated. The mathematical model is essentially a mathematical model of the desired filter, “filtering” digital data in a substantially similar manner in which photographic filters affect light. The mathematical model is then applied to the digitized frame which is to be filtered, thereby modifying the luminance values of the pixels to effect the desired filtering of the image.
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1. A method for modifying colors of a digitized frame of picture stock comprising the steps of:

digitizing an unfiltered reference picture, thereby generating a set of representative digital units, each of the digital units having a value;
digitizing a filtered reference picture substantially identical in subject matter to the unfiltered reference picture, thereby generating a set of representative digital units, each of the digital units corresponding to a digital unit of the unfiltered set of digital units and having a value;
quantitative differencing between the value of each corresponding digital unit of the filtered and unfiltered sets of digital units;
generating a mathematical model representative of the quantitative difference between the value of each of the digital units of the filtered and unfiltered sets of digital units; and
applying the mathematical model to the digitized frame.

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