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Optimization of Cartridge Life Using JND Sampling Without Compromising the Visual Quality of Printed Images

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This paper presents an innovative pre-dithering or prehalftoning approach of sampling CMY color space using nonlinear sampling of RGB space, under physiological limitations of human color vision. The certified sound color vision human eye color intensity thresholds have been computed in terms of Just Noticeable Differences (JNDs) in each basic color and then used for sampling the color images to be printed. From our findings of color image sampling work, we propose that the existing 22 level quantized ink injection system is inadequate to represent color images with minimum loss of visual information. So we propose an injection system with 24, 26 and 28 levels in Cyan, Magenta and Yellow respectively. The proposed system minimizes the utilization of color inks without affecting visual quality of printed color images on white background. The proposed scheme is effective for printing the dark colors, on the other hand it generates false contours while printing the light colors, as already discussed in published literature. Experimentation has been carried out to estimate the ‘Threshold of Lightness’ of colors in RGB space. Using the decided threshold of lightness, if the proposed scheme is applied only to dark colors, considerable saving of color ink can be achieved. This technique considerably reduces the consumption of expensive color inks for printing color images on white background and enhances the cartridge life, reducing the cost of inkjet printing.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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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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