Single image reflection removal beyond linearity

Qiang Wen, Yinjie Tan, Jing Qin, Wenxi Liu, Guoqiang Han, Shengfeng He

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Due to the lack of paired data, the training of image reflection removal relies heavily on synthesizing reflection images. However, existing methods model reflection as a linear combination model, which cannot fully simulate the real-world scenarios. In this paper, we inject non-linearity into reflection removal from two aspects. First, instead of synthesizing reflection with a fixed combination factor or kernel, we propose to synthesize reflection images by predicting a non-linear alpha blending mask. This enables a free combination of different blurry kernels, leading to a controllable and diverse reflection synthesis. Second, we design a cascaded network for reflection removal with three tasks: Predicting the transmission layer, reflection layer, and the non-linear alpha blending mask. The former two tasks are the fundamental outputs, while the latter one being the side output of the network. This side output, on the other hand, making the training a closed loop, so that the separated transmission and reflection layers can be recombined together for training with a reconstruction loss. Extensive quantitative and qualitative experiments demonstrate the proposed synthesis and removal approaches outperforms state-of-the-art methods on two standard benchmarks, as well as in real-world scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132938
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event32nd IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2019 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 201920 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1063-6919


Conference32nd IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach


  • Low-level Vision
  • Vision + Graphics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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