Balance-Aware Grid Collage for Small Image Collections

Yu Song, Fan Tang, Weiming Dong, Feiyue Huang, Tong Yee Lee, Changsheng Xu

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Grid collages (GClg) of small image collections are popular and useful in many applications, such as personal album management, online photo posting, and graphic design. In this study, we focus on how visual effects influence individual preferences through various arrangements of multiple images under such scenarios. A novel balance-aware metric is proposed to bridge the gap between multi-image joint presentation and visual pleasure. The metric merges psychological achievements into the field of grid collage. To capture user preference, a bonus mechanism related to a user-specified special location in the grid and uniqueness values of the subimages is integrated into the metric. An end-to-end reinforcement learning mechanism empowers the model without tedious manual annotations. Experiments demonstrate that our metric can evaluate the GClg visual balance in line with human subjective perception, and the model can generate visually pleasant GClg results, which is comparable to manual designs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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