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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 937845, 11 pages
Review Article

Image Inpainting Methods Evaluation and Improvement

Computer Science Department, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, B-dul Victoriei 10, 550024 Sibiu, Romania

Received 21 January 2014; Revised 5 July 2014; Accepted 7 July 2014; Published 17 July 2014

Academic Editor: Stefano Berretti

Copyright © 2014 Raluca Vreja and Remus Brad. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the upgrowing of digital processing of images and film archiving, the need for assisted or unsupervised restoration required the development of a series of methods and techniques. Among them, image inpainting is maybe the most impressive and useful. Based on partial derivative equations or texture synthesis, many other hybrid techniques have been proposed recently. The need for an analytical comparison, beside the visual one, urged us to perform the studies shown in the present paper. Starting with an overview of the domain, an evaluation of the five methods was performed using a common benchmark and measuring the PSNR. Conclusions regarding the performance of the investigated algorithms have been presented, categorizing them in function of the restored image structure. Based on these experiments, we have proposed an adaptation of Oliveira’s and Hadhoud’s algorithms, which are performing well on images with natural defects.