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Looking for a thinning/skeletonizing algorithm with opencv in python.

asked 2017-07-03 11:29:16 -0500

bonevale gravatar image

Currently I am implementing the zhang-suen method but my images are 300 ppi and it takes a couple of minutes. Can someone point me in the right direction. I need the skeleton to be connected and there are parallel lines so the the algorithm I've seen in python that uses open and closing is not good. Thanks

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answered 2017-07-03 11:35:36 -0500

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updated 2017-07-03 11:36:53 -0500

zhang-suen thinning is implemented in opencv_contrib

downside is: if you want to use it, you will have to rebuild your with opencv3 and opencv_contrib

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I had a pretty tough time installing opencv the first time around so I am not planning on rebuilding it, however thanks for the suggestion. I am looking more so for pseudo code or an algorithm which I can implement myself if need be.

bonevale gravatar imagebonevale ( 2017-07-07 13:37:19 -0500 )edit

Did you find something for Python? :)

fre2dyy gravatar imagefre2dyy ( 2018-02-13 08:35:31 -0500 )edit

answered 2020-02-05 10:57:17 -0500

You don't have to rebuild to use it. You can simply pip install contrib with: pip install opencv-contrib-python. Then you can simply use zhang-suen thinning implementation like this:

image = cv2.imread("opencv.png")
thinned = cv2.ximgproc.thinning(cv2.cvtColor(image, cv2.COLOR_RGB2GRAY))

If you plot the image before and after you get something like this:

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answered 2017-12-01 10:04:57 -0500

A good example of Skeletonization using OpenCV-Python is in

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sorry, but that is a link only. not an answer. try harder !

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2017-12-01 10:15:59 -0500 )edit

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