Digital image processing system and method for emphasizing a main subject of an image

  • US 7,212,668 B1
  • Filed: 08/18/2000
  • Issued: 05/01/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer method for modifying an image having a main subject and a background pixels, comprising the steps of:

  • automatically identifying the main subject of the image, andautomatically altering pixel values of said image to emphasize said main subject, said altering following said identifying;

    said altering follows any and all identifying of said main subject and wherein said identifying further comprises;

    segmenting said image into a plurality of regions; and

    generating a plurality of belief values, each said belief value being associated with one of a plurality of regions of the image, said belief values each being related to the probability that the associated region is a main subject of the image, to provide a main subject belief map.

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