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Hybrid scheme for color dithering
Author(s): Kenneth R. Sloan
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a hybrid color dithering scheme suitable for rendering continuous tone color images on a CRT display with a small number (on the order of 16-256) of distinct colors. Monochrome (especially bi-level) dithering techniques are well studied. Which of these techniques extend naturally to color? We look at four classes of monochrome dithering techniques and attempt to generalize each one, first to multiple gray-level (but still monochrome) inks and then to a multiple color pallette. In the monochrome case, we discover that texture introduced by the dithering process can significantly affect the appearance of the image. We develop a scheme by which the user can control these texture effects. The primary tradeoff is between very fine grained textures which depend critically on the local gray level and relatively coarser, more obvious, textures which appear uniform across the entire image. In the color case, we have the further complication of choosing a color pallette. We deal primarily with the case where there are a small number of available colors, and where the color pallette is not optimized separately for each image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1249, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging: Models, Methods, and Applications, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19674
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Kenneth R. Sloan, Univ. of Washington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1249:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging: Models, Methods, and Applications
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Jan P. Allebach, Editor(s)

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