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The New Challenge for Color Management in Digital Printing

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Since eight industrial leading companies formed the International Color Consortium (ICC) in 1993, color management based on ICC profile has become the de-facto standard for color reproduction in digital printing. Today, ICC profile and color management are hot research topics. However, it will become more difficult to describe the role or benefits of color management for any specific user in the near future because Microsoft, one of the eight founder members of the ICC, quitted the consortium last year and started to develop the next generation color management system based on scRGB rather than Profile Connection Space (PCS) recommended by ICC. This is a new challenge for ICC to greater uptake of ICC color management in the digital printing industry. This paper aims to address this challenge and its impacts on color management in digital printing industry and ICC. It first analyzes the differences between the color management architectures based on PCS and scRGB used by Microsoft's New Generation Windows Color Architecture (NGWCA). It then discusses the new features of Microsoft's NGWCA. Finally, it discusses an opportunity of further R&D for the next generation color management solutions, and proposes some future research and development directions such as color profile format specification, color appearance modeling, gamut mapping methods, and profile verification to address the challenge in the next generation of color management.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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