Evaluation of image quality metrics for sharpness enhancement
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Image quality assessment has become a meaningful research field due to the explosive growth of image processing technologies in imaging industries. It is becoming more usual to quantify the quality of an image using image quality metrics, rather than carrying out time-consuming psychometric experiments. However, there is little research on the performance of image quality metrics on quality enhanced images. In this paper, we focus on images that have been enhanced by sharpening. A psychometric experiment was designed with observers giving scores to different images enhanced by sharpening on a display in a controlled dark environment. The results showed that full reference image quality metrics performed well when sharpening did not improve the visual image quality, while in images where sharpening increased the visual quality the performance was lower. No reference image quality metrics show better predictions than full reference image quality metrics in most cases.