Convolution – OpenCV

Convolution probably is the most used method in field of image processing in order to apply a certain mask (kernel) to the image. Here  is a good explanation about convolution. Its simply multiplying mask’s values with image’s pixels intensity and sum them up as show below:

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However it should be noticed that because of taking care of impulse response the kernel should be flipped horizontally and vertically.  Here is code for applying convolution on an image:

def convolve(image, kernel):
  '''fliping kernel'''
  '''creating output image based on input image dimention
  notice that I did not take care of the image edges
  so out put will has less pixels than orginal, the number
  of omitted pixels depends on kernel size'''
  output = np.zeros((1+image.shape[0]-kernel.shape[0],1+image.shape[1]-kernel.shape[1]), dtype=image.dtype)
  for i in range(0,output.shape[0]):
   for j in range(0,output.shape[1]):
    signal_patch = image[i:i+kernel.shape[0],j:j+kernel.shape[1]]
    tmp = (rkernel * signal_patch).sum()
	'''not really the best method to normalize the image'''
    if tmp>255:
    if tmp<0:
  return output


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