Patent Number: 7,085,435

Title: Image synthesization method

Abstract: An image synthesization method, whereby a plurality of images, each of which has a partially overlapping image area, are synthesized to create a single synthetic image, comprises a determination step of inputting a plurality of image data sets that correspond to the plurality of images that are input, and of determining whether or not an image in the partially overlapping image area of each of images that are indicated by the plurality of image data sets includes mainly characters an image processing step of performing, for the plurality of image data sets that are input, image processing in consonance with a result of a determination performed at the determination step and an image synthesization step of synthesizing images that are indicated by the resultant plurality of image data, for which the image processing has been performed at the image processing step. With this arrangement, a plurality of images can be easily and effectively synthesized.

Inventors: Takiguchi; Hideo (Kanagawa-ken, JP), Yano; Kotaro (Kanagawa-ken, JP), Katayama; Tatsushi (Tokyo, JP), Takahashi; Fumiaki (Kanagawa-ken, JP), Hatori; Kenji (Saitama-ken, JP), Hatanaka; Koji (Kanagawa-ken, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G06K 9/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018