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16 January 2006 Hardcopy global color correction
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When time, temperature or an external environment change, a laser electrophotographic printer produces quite different color tones from original ones. To achieve consistent color reproduction, many researchers have tried to characterize printer tone curves and developed methods to correct color tones. Color channel independent methods are most widely used, and there are two approaches in color channel independent method: (1) Instrument-based correction and (2) visual correction. Two approaches provide some trade-offs between cost and accuracy. In this paper we propose a methodology which combines the strengths of these two approaches. We describe how we design a calibration page and how we characterize lightness variation of a reference patch. We then present the procedure of our global tone correction method based on visual appearance match of end-users as well as the predetermined reference lightness model. We simulate tone distortion state by varying hardware parameters, and perform visual appearance match experiments to subjects. Our experimental results show that our method can significantly reduce color difference between the original print and the print at the distortion state. This suggests that we can reliably estimate the distortion parameter, and correct tones close to an original state.
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Yousun Bang, Yuntae Kim, and Heui-Keun Choh "Hardcopy global color correction", Proc. SPIE 6058, Color Imaging XI: Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications, 60580Q (16 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.642862; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.642862
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