Learning Frequency Domain Priors for Image Demoireing

IEEE Trans Pattern Anal Mach Intell. 2021 Sep 24;PP. doi: 10.1109/TPAMI.2021.3115139. Online ahead of print.


Image demoireing is a multi-faceted image restoration task involving both moire pattern removal and color restoration. In this paper, we raise a general degradation model to describe an image contaminated by moire patterns, and propose a novel multi-scale bandpass convolutional neural network (MBCNN) for single image demoireing. For moire pattern removal, we propose a multi-block-size learnable bandpass filters (M-LBFs), based on a block-wise frequency domain transform, to learn the frequency domain priors of moire patterns. We also introduce a new loss function named Dilated Advanced Sobel loss (D-ASL) to better sense the frequency information. For color restoration, we propose a two-step tone mapping strategy, which first applies a global tone mapping to correct for a global color shift, and then performs local fine tuning of the color per pixel. To determine the most appropriate frequency domain transform, we investigate several transforms including DCT, DFT, DWT, learnable non-linear transform and learnable orthogonal transform. We finally adopt the DCT. Our basic model won the AIM2019 demoireing challenge. Experimental results on three public datasets show that our method outperforms state-of-the-art methods by a large margin.