SkelGAN: A Font Image Skeletonization Method


Debbie Honghee Ko, Ammar Ul Hassan, Saima Majeed, Jaeyoung Choi, Journal of Information Processing Systems Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 1-13, Feb. 2021  

10.3745/JIPS.02.0152
Keywords: Generative Adversarial Network, Image-to-Image Translation, Skeletonization, Style Transfer
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Abstract

In this research, we study the problem of font image skeletonization using an end-to-end deep adversarial network, in contrast with the state-of-the-art methods that use mathematical algorithms. Several studies have been concerned with skeletonization, but a few have utilized deep learning. Further, no study has considered generative models based on deep neural networks for font character skeletonization, which are more delicate than natural objects. In this work, we take a step closer to producing realistic synthesized skeletons of font characters. We consider using an end-to-end deep adversarial network, SkelGAN, for font-image skeletonization, in contrast with the state-of-the-art methods that use mathematical algorithms. The proposed skeleton generator is proved superior to all well-known mathematical skeletonization methods in terms of character structure, including delicate strokes, serifs, and even special styles. Experimental results also demonstrate the dominance of our method against the state-of-the-art supervised image-to-image translation method in font character skeletonization task.


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[APA Style]
Debbie Honghee Ko, Ammar Ul Hassan, Saima Majeed, & Jaeyoung Choi (2021). SkelGAN: A Font Image Skeletonization Method. Journal of Information Processing Systems, 17(1), 1-13. DOI: 10.3745/JIPS.02.0152.

[IEEE Style]
D. H. Ko, A. U. Hassan, S. Majeed and J. Choi, "SkelGAN: A Font Image Skeletonization Method," Journal of Information Processing Systems, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 1-13, 2021. DOI: 10.3745/JIPS.02.0152.

[ACM Style]
Debbie Honghee Ko, Ammar Ul Hassan, Saima Majeed, and Jaeyoung Choi. 2021. SkelGAN: A Font Image Skeletonization Method. Journal of Information Processing Systems, 17, 1, (2021), 1-13. DOI: 10.3745/JIPS.02.0152.