Reflection Removal for 2D Images

The images taken through glass often capture a target transmitted scene as well as undesired reflected scenes. In this paper, we propose an optimization problem to remove reflection automatically from multiple glass images taken at slightly different camera locations. We first warp the multiple glass images to a reference image, where the gradients are consistent in the transmission images while the gradients are varying across the reflection images. Based on this observation, we compute a gradient reliability such that the pixels belonging to the salient edges of the transmission image are assigned high reliability, but that of the reflection images are assigned low values. Then we suppress the gradients of the reflection images and recover the gradients of the transmission images only, by solving the proposed optimization problem in gradient domain. We reconstruct an original transmission image using the resulting optimal gradient map. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm removes the reflection artifacts from glass images faithfully and outperforms the existing algorithms.