Color Science and Digital Color Reproduction: Delivering on the Promise
Digital cameras may now contain complex internal pipelines offering a range of processes such as chromatic adaptation computation, color space conversions, and algorithms based on the adaptive processes of the human visual system. Digital printers may have equally complex image processing pipelines. To make this complexity accessible to the user an architectural solution is being sought in the form of color management (International Color Consortium, ICC). The result has been that many of the processes executed by skilled operators have become menu choices or automatic operations that are computationally executed. Much progress has been made in turning color reproduction into a systematic process, but the question remains: How far can this be taken? Much stress has been placed upon colorimetry to provide the foundation for this approach to color reproduction. This keynote will examine what challenges lie ahead for color science and contrast them with the expectations that have emerged in the consumer and professional marketplaces. The subjective nature of color reproduction must be accommodated at the same time as taking full advantage of the objective processes that can simplify and streamline the generation of high-quality color output. What is the role of color science research in realizing this goal? This paper will also offer suggestions as to the logical placement and access for the artistic skills of the professional practitioner in photography and the graphic arts.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2004
Started in 2002 and merged with the Color and Imaging Conference (CIC) in 2014, CGIV covered a wide range of topics related to colour and visual information, including color science, computational color, color in computer graphics, color reproduction, volor vision/psychophysics, color image quality, color image processing, and multispectral color science. Drawing papers from researchers, scientists, and engineers worldwide, DGIV offered attendees a unique experience to share with colleagues in industry and academic, and on national and international standards committees. Held every year in Europe, DGIV papers were more academic in their focus and had high student participation rates.
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