Patent Number: 6,167,167

Title: Image extractions apparatus and method

Abstract: There is disclosed an image extraction method for extracting, from a subject image that records both the background and the object to be extracted, image data of the object using a mask. An initial mask used for extracting the subject region is generated on the basis of difference data between the subject image and the background image that records the background alone, the region of the initial mask is grown on the basis of the similarity between the features of a first region and its neighboring second region in the subject image corresponding to the initial mask, and the image data of the object is extracted from the first image on the basis of the grown mask region.

Inventors: Matsugu; Masakazu (Chiba, JP), Takiguchi; Hideo (Kawasaki, JP), Hatanaka; Koji (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: H04N 7/36 (20060101); H04N 7/26 (20060101); G06K 009/36 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017