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OpenCV 3.x with Python By Example - Second Edition

By : Gabriel Garrido Calvo, Prateek Joshi
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OpenCV 3.x with Python By Example - Second Edition

By: Gabriel Garrido Calvo, Prateek Joshi

Overview of this book

Computer vision is found everywhere in modern technology. OpenCV for Python enables us to run computer vision algorithms in real time. With the advent of powerful machines, we have more processing power to work with. Using this technology, we can seamlessly integrate our computer vision applications into the cloud. Focusing on OpenCV 3.x and Python 3.6, this book will walk you through all the building blocks needed to build amazing computer vision applications with ease. We start off by manipulating images using simple filtering and geometric transformations. We then discuss affine and projective transformations and see how we can use them to apply cool advanced manipulations to your photos like resizing them while keeping the content intact or smoothly removing undesired elements. We will then cover techniques of object tracking, body part recognition, and object recognition using advanced techniques of machine learning such as artificial neural network. 3D reconstruction and augmented reality techniques are also included. The book covers popular OpenCV libraries with the help of examples. This book is a practical tutorial that covers various examples at different levels, teaching you about the different functions of OpenCV and their actual implementation. By the end of this book, you will have acquired the skills to use OpenCV and Python to develop real-world computer vision applications.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell


Applying the sharpening filter will sharpen the edges in the image. This filter is very useful when we want to enhance the edges of an image that's not crisp enough. Here are some images to give you an idea of what the image sharpening process looks like:

As you can see in the preceding figure, the level of sharpening depends on the type of kernel we use. We have a lot of freedom to customize the kernel here, and each kernel will give you a different kind of sharpening. To just sharpen an image, as we are doing in the top-right image in the preceding picture, we would use a kernel like this:

If we want to do excessive sharpening, as in the bottom-left image, we would use the following kernel:

But the problem with these two kernels is that the output image looks artificially enhanced. If we want our images to look more natural, we would use an edge enhancement filter. The underlying concept remains the same, but we use an approximate Gaussian kernel to build this filter. It will help...