Why is the difference of my two images blank?


I tried to get the difference of two images. Here are my two images.

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However, I only got a blank image like this

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I use OpenCV package in python. The code I use is:

image3 = image1 - image2

The backgrounds of the two images are not the same. I don’t understand why the difference of the two images is just blank. Can someone help me with this?

Thank you in advance.


This works fine for me in Python/OpenCV using cv2.absdiff(). I suggest you use cv2.imshow() to view your results and cv2.imwrite() to save your results.

import cv2
import numpy as np

image1 = cv2.imread('image1.png')
image2 = cv2.imread('image2.png')

diff = cv2.absdiff(image1, image2)
print(np.amin(diff), np.amax(diff))

cv2.imwrite('diff.png', diff)
cv2.imshow('diff', diff)


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Min and Max Values In Diff:
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Answered By – fmw42

Answer Checked By – Jay B. (AngularFixing Admin)

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