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Maintaining Fidelity of Electronically Generated Image Quality Test Targets

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The use of analytical test targets is necessary for quantitative image quality analysis of printed output. As objective analytical methods are more widely imple-mented, development of predictable and accessible methods to transmit and print test targets has become an increasingly familiar stumbling block. Electronic test targets undergo a variety of different steps during the rendering process. During test target development, care is taken to create features with specific attributes. Color content is deliberately defined to contain to pure primary, secondary, and tertiary colors as well as other known combinations. Line and dot dimensions are created to match specific engine addressabilities. However, once files are created, the intentional or unavoidable use of various file formats, color matching engines, printer drivers and on-board ASICs all impact the translation of an electronic target into print. Often, what is intended is lost or modified significantly by the rendering process.

This paper will include a discussion on the problems impeding the successful preservation of analytical test target features from electronic file to printed output.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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