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#1 Posted : Friday, November 3, 2017 3:21:22 PM(UTC)

Nick  
Nick

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Just a quick note this is a follow-up to a previous forum post in which dropping a specific color from an image was covered.
Using CMYK plane separation to remove colors from an image


This post builds on that to demonstrate how other colours can be reduced to be removed in the same step by using the BalanceColorsCommand.
BalanceColorsCommand

Here's the input image being processed, with text in various colours. The previous example demonstrated dropping the black text. Here, the red text at the bottom will be reduced to the black plane as well so it is also dropped as part of the operation.
label_filled.png

This syntax applies the BalanceColorsCommand with the parameters for red to have no weight, but green and blue to have standard weight.

Code:

    RasterCodecs codecs = new RasterCodecs();
    RasterImage image = codecs.Load(imagePath);

    BalanceColorsCommand bcc = new BalanceColorsCommand(
       new BalanceColorCommandFactor(0, 0, 0), // red
       new BalanceColorCommandFactor(0, 1, 0), // green
       new BalanceColorCommandFactor(0, 0, 1)); // blue
    bcc.Run(image);


Note effectively removing the red tints the remaining image cyan.
balanced_label_filled.png

The same procedure can be used to separate the color planes, then using the AddCommand to recombine them. However, given the cyan plane is effectively an inverse of the black plane, it needs to be removed prior to performing the AddOperation.

Code:
    ColorSeparateCommand csc = new ColorSeparateCommand(ColorSeparateCommandType.Cmyk);
    csc.Run(image);

    csc.DestinationImage.RemovePageAt(4); // page 4 is black plane
    csc.DestinationImage.RemovePageAt(1); // page 1 is cyan plane

    AddCommand ac = new AddCommand(AddCommandType.Add);
    ac.Run(csc.DestinationImage);

    InvertCommand ic = new InvertCommand();
    ic.Run(ac.DestinationImage);
    
    AutoBinarizeCommand abc = new AutoBinarizeCommand();
    abc.Run(ac.DestinationImage);

Here's the output final output with the black text and red text subsequently removed programatically and ready for OCR.
output_label_filled.png

Similar programming techniques can be used for other colours as well, however, ones which don't have a direct colour complement that gets split into its own plane may require additional processing.
Nick Crook
Developer Support Engineer
LEAD Technologies, Inc.
nick@leadtools.com
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