Joint Bilateral Upsampling

Johannes Kopf
University of Konstanz


Michael F. Cohen
Microsoft Research


Dani Lischinski
The Hebrew University


Matt Uyttendaele
Microsoft Research

Upsampling small-scale solutions for tone mapping (left) and colorization (right). The small solution is at scale relative to the final upsampled result next to it.


Image analysis and enhancement tools such as tone mapping, colorization, stereo depth, and photomontage, require computing a solution (e.g., for exposure, chromaticity, disparity, labels) over the pixel grid. Computational and/or memory costs often require that a smaller solution be run over a down-sampled image. Although traditional 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 the cases, such as those above, where a high resolution image is available, it can 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.
    author  = {Johannes Kopf and Michael F. Cohen and Dani Lischinski
               and Matt Uyttendaele},
    title   = {Joint Bilateral Upsampling},
    journal = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 2007)},
    year    = {2007},
    volume  = {26},
    number  = {3},
    pages   = {to appear},
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