24 January 2012 Print quality analysis for ink-saving algorithms
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Ink-saving strategies for CMYK printers have evolved from their earlier stages where the 'draft' print mode was the main option available to control ink usage. The savings were achieved by printing alternate dots in an image at the expense of reducing print quality considerably. Nowadays, customers are not only unwilling to compromise quality but have higher expectations regarding both visual print quality and ink reduction solutions. Therefore, the need for more intricate ink-saving solutions with lower impact on print quality is evident. Printing-related factors such as the way the printer places the dots on the paper and the ink-substrate interaction play important and complex roles in the characterization and modeling of the printing process that make the ink reduction topic a challenging problem. In our study, we are interested in benchmarking ink-saving algorithms to find the connections between different ink reduction levels of a given ink-saving method and a set of print quality attributes. This study is mostly related to CMYK printers that use dispersed dot halftoning algorithms. The results of our efforts to develop such an evaluation scheme are presented in this paper.
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Maria V. Ortiz Segovia, Maria V. Ortiz Segovia, Nicolas Bonnier, Nicolas Bonnier, Jan P. Allebach, Jan P. Allebach, } "Print quality analysis for ink-saving algorithms", Proc. SPIE 8293, Image Quality and System Performance IX, 82930Q (24 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.907864; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.907864
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