The JPEG image compression algorithm is the most popular method of image compression because of its ability for large compression ratios. However, to achieve such high compression, information is lost. For aggressive quantization settings, this leads to a noticeable reduction in image quality. Artifact correction has been studied in the context of deep neural networks for some time, but the current state-of-the-art methods require a different model to be trained for each quality setting, greatly limiting their practical application. We solve this problem by creating a novel architecture which is parameterized by the JPEG files quantization matrix. This allows our single model to achieve state-of-the-art performance over models trained for specific quality settings.
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This project was partially supported by Facebook AI and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) MediFor program (FA87501620191). The views, opinions, and findings expressed are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or policies of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. There is no collaboration between Facebook and DARPA.