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Enhanced Contrast of Reconstructed Image for Image Secret Sharing Scheme Using Mathematical Morphology

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DOI: 10.4236/jis.2015.64027    3,934 Downloads   4,361 Views Citations

ABSTRACT

Visual secret sharing (VSS) is one of the cryptographic techniques of Image secret sharing scheme (ISSS) that performs encoding of secret message image (text or picture) into noise like black and white images, which are called as shares. Shares are stacked together and secret message image is decoded using human visual system. One of the major drawbacks of this scheme is its poor contrast of the recovered image, which improves if computational device is available while decoding. In this paper, we propose to improve poor contrast of classical VSS schemes for text or alphanumeric secret messages and low entropy images. Initially, stacked image is binarized using dynamic threshold value. A mathematical morphological operation is applied on the stacked image to enhance contrast of the reconstructed image. Moreover, a method is proposed that allows the size of the structuring element to change according to the contrast and the size of a stacked image. We perform experiments for different types of VSS schemes, different share patterns, different share types (rectangle and circle), and low entropy images. Experimental results demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed scheme.

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Meghrajani, Y. and Mazumdar, H. (2015) Enhanced Contrast of Reconstructed Image for Image Secret Sharing Scheme Using Mathematical Morphology. Journal of Information Security, 6, 273-279. doi: 10.4236/jis.2015.64027.

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