In the context of spectral color image reproduction by multi-channel inkjet printing a key challenge is to accurately
model the colorimetric and spectral behavior of the printer. A common approach for this modeling is to assume that the
resulting spectral reflectance of a certain ink combination can be modeled as a convex combination of the so-called
Neugebauer Primaries (NPs); this is known as the Neugebauer Model. Several extensions of this model exist, such as the
Yule-Nielsen Modified Spectral Neugebauer (YNSN) model. However, as the number of primaries increases, the
number of NPs increases exponentially; this poses a practical problem for multi-channel spectral reproduction.
In this work, the well known Kubelka-Munk theory is used to estimate the spectral reflectances of the Neugebauer
Primaries instead of printing and measuring them, and subsequently we use these estimated NPs as the basis of our
printer modeling. We have evaluated this approach experimentally on several different paper types and on the HP
Deskjet 1220C CMYK inkjet printer and the Xerox Phaser 7760 CMYK laser printer, using both the conventional
spectral Neugebauer model and the YNSN model. We have also investigated a hybrid model with mixed NPs, half
measured and half estimated.
Using this approach we find that we achieve not only cheap and less time consuming model establishment, but also,
somewhat unexpectedly, improved model precision over the models using the real measurements of the NPs.