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ICC Profile Extension for Device MTF Characterization

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We propose a method to maintain image sharpness consistency across different devices, analogous to the way ICC profiles are used to maintain color consistency. The method is based on creating a profile of the perceived blur caused by the printing and viewing process. We show how to measure and analyze the sharpness profile of a printer, and demonstrate that the profile consists of multiple 2D modulation transfer functions (MTF's), varying over different ink combinations and colors. We propose storing the sharpness profile within an ICC profile. The profile can then be used to adaptively pre-compensate for the induced blur, and maintain sharpness consistency.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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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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