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Towards Instrumental Analysis of Perceptual Image and Print Quality

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Quantitative image quality analysis technologies have advanced significantly in the past twenty years. Practical instruments for objective analysis of engineering quality attributes are now used widely and successfully in the digital printing industry. However, in the design and optimization of an imaging system, measurement of engineering quality alone is not sufficient. It is equally if not more important to understand how image quality is perceived by the end user. Unfortunately, unlike engineering attributes, perceptual image quality is much more difficult to measure and quantify. Recognizing the technical challenges and the potential gain, we have initiated a study on the feasibility of instrumental analysis of perceptual image quality. Given the complexity of the problem, we submit that even incremental advances make a valuable contribution to the imaging community. In this paper, we discuss our methodology and our initial results on perceived noise, and present an assessment of the efficacy of our approach.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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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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