Robust Human Matting via Semantic Guidance

XiangGuang Chen, Ye Zhu, Yu Li, Bingtao Fu, Lei Sun, Ying Shan, Shan Liu; Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV), 2022, pp. 2984-2999


Automatic human matting is highly desired for many real applications. We investigate recent human matting methods and show that common bad cases happen when semantic human segmentation fails. This indicates that semantic understanding is crucial for robust human matting. From this, we develop a fast yet accurate human matting framework, named Semantic Guided Human Matting (SGHM). It builds on a semantic human segmentation network and introduces a light-weight matting module with only marginal computational cost. Unlike previous works, our framework is data efficient, which requires a small amount of matting ground-truth to learn to estimate high quality object mattes. Our experiments show that trained with merely 200 matting images, our method can generalize well to real-world datasets, and outperform recent methods on multiple benchmarks, while remaining efficient. Considering the unbearable labeling cost of matting data and widely available segmentation data, our method becomes a practical and effective solution for the task of human matting. Source code is available at

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@InProceedings{Chen_2022_ACCV, author = {Chen, XiangGuang and Zhu, Ye and Li, Yu and Fu, Bingtao and Sun, Lei and Shan, Ying and Liu, Shan}, title = {Robust Human Matting via Semantic Guidance}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV)}, month = {December}, year = {2022}, pages = {2984-2999} }