June 10, 2004
Deblurring using FFT
- Make a square image. (Drawing Tools not available
in ImageJ. Just open Sample Images / Miscl / facewramp.tiff)
- File -> New menu, select 256 or 512 for the
height and width.
- Draw in it.
- Thick and thin lines using brush
- Gray level ramp: select rectangle with the rectangle tool ,
use the Edit -> Draw Scale menu, then the Edit ->
Draw Boundary menu.
- Other geometric shapes can be made using the various selection tools
and the Draw Boundary menu.
- Save it if you want. I saved this image as Sample Images / Miscl
- Take the Fourier Transform: Process -> FFT -> FFT menu.
I used the Process -> Enhance contrast menu to make the pattern
stand out a little more. This affects only the LUT - the following processing
steps will not be affected.
- Make another image of the same size, and put
a black dot right in the middle (actually, the position does not matter much)
with one click of the brush tool .
(Double clicking on the brush tool shows a dialog to set the brush diameter.
I have used the default of 14 pixels.) Click on the
oval selection tool ,
hold down the option key, drag a small circle. Then use Edit /
Fill. (The fill value or color will be that of the color selection tool
Click outside the circle selection tool to deselect it, or the FFT in the
next step will be quite small.
This will be the 'point spread' function with which to blur the image,
and then deblur it. This is not a realistic point spread function for microscopes,
which might look more like a Gaussian shaped peak, and would be the image
from a point source.
- Take the FFT of the dot. Process -> FFT -> FFT menu.
The first image will now be blurred by convolving it with the second image.
Although this could be done in the spatial domain by making a convolution kernel
and using the Process -> Convolve
menu with a convolution kernel (14x14 array with 1's to match the black pixels
in the dot image), convolution by large kernels is done more quickly in the
frequency domain (using the FFT). Deconvolution (deblurring) must be done in
the frequency domain. In ImageJ, frequence domain
math such as this is available using Process / FFT / FD Math...
- Blur the face image with the dot image, by multiplying
the two FFT images together and taking the inverse transform of the result.
- Process -> Image Math menu, with these settings:
- which gives FFT5 as a result:
In ImageJ, the steps work up to this point. However,
the resulting product image is not considered a frequency domain image by ImageJ,
so we can go no further using these images. The process can be done more
directly using Process / FFT / FD Math. - see the green sections below.
- Take the inverse transform: Process
-> FFT -> Inverse FFT menu then, Process -> FFT -> Swap
The thin lines in the face have not disappeared.
- Show the face by enhancing the contrast
- Click on the square (a) to restore to normal contrast if necessary.
The thin lines will now be visible.
- Move the top dot (b) to the left as shown to darken the face a bit
To make the blurred image in ImageJ, use Process
/ FFT / FD Math ...
To deblur the image, divide its FFT by the FFT4, the FFT of the point
- Make sure the above image is the top or active image.
- Take its transform: Process -> FFT -> FFT menu. (FFT5
above is restored.)
- Divide FFT5 by FFT4: Process Image Math menu, select these parameters:
- Then take the inverse transform, Process -. FFT -> Inverse FFT,
to restore the image:
The image has been restored exactly, because the point spread function used
for deblurring was identical to the point spread function used for blurring,
and there was no noise.
To deblur the blurry "result" image above in
ImageJ, use FD math again:
I'm not sure why the image is inverted. Fix
with either Edit / Invert or Image / Look up
Tables / Invert LUT.
Let's alter the point spread function by reducing the size of the dot slightly,
and see the effect on the 'deblurred' image.
- Click on the dot image, or choose it in the Window menu, to make it the
- Make it into a binary image
- double-click on the threshold tool
- move the red band in the LUT window if necessary, in order to make the
- Use the Process -> Binary -> Make Binary menu.
- Erode a one pixel layer from the boundary using the Process -> Morphology
-> Erode menu.
In ImageJ, just use Process / Binary / Erode,
or Process / Binary / Dilate, then use Process / FFT / FD Math
where 'dot' is the now altered point spread function
image. The result is unrecognizable. The point spread function was
changed too much.
- Make a new 256 x 256 image (File -> New menu. 256x256 should
still be the default.)
- Double-click on the brush tool ,
and set the diameter to 13 pixels (rather than 14).
- Click on the black bar
in the LUT window to make the brush black if it is not already.
- Click once in the middle of the new window to make the black dot.
- Take the FFT of the new (corrupted) point spread function with the
Process -> FFT -> FFT menu. (the name of this window may be
different - I had to start over).
- Divide the FFT of the blurred face image, by the above FFT7 for the
new, corrupted point spread function.
- Take the Inverse FFT using the Process -> FFT -> Inverse FFT
This image is barely recognizable. The point spread function has to be
known well for good deblurring. You might wish to experiment with other
point spread functions that are less corrupted.
- Duplicate the original dot used for the blurring point spread function,
zoom it several times with the eyeglass tool. It will look
- Using the pencil tool, modify four pixels in the image so that it looks
- Take the FFT (Process -> FFT -> FFT) of the new dot.
- Divide the FFT of the original blurred image (FFT of original image
X FFT of original dot) by the FFT of the new corrupted dot. (Process
-> Image Math... menu. Make sure the operation is divide).
- And, finally, take the inverse transform (Process -> FFT ->
Inverse FFT menu.)
Evidently, the point spread function must be known very accurately.