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Reproducing the old masters: applying colour mixing and painting methodologies to inkjet printing
Author(s): Melissa Olen; Joseph Padfield; Carinna Parraman
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Paper Abstract

This research investigates multi-channel inkjet printing methods, which deviate from standard colour management workflows by reflecting on art historical processes, including the construction of colour in old master works, to reproduce specific colour pigment mixes in print. This is approached by incorporating artist colour mixing principles relevant to traditional art making processes through direct n-channel printing and the implementation of multiple pass printing. By demanding specific ink colourants to be employed in print, as well as the application of mixing colour though layering, we can mimic the effects of the traditional processes. These printing methods also generate colour through a variety of colour mixtures that may not have been employed or achieved by the printer driver. The objective of this research is to explore colour mixing and layering techniques in the printing of inkjet reproductions of original artworks that will maintain subtle colour transitions in dark shadow regions. While these colours are lost in traditional inkjet reproduction, by using direct n-channel editing capabilities to reproduce a painted original with high dynamic range we can improve colour variation in the shadow regions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9015, Color Imaging XIX: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications, 901507 (3 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040647
Show Author Affiliations
Melissa Olen, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)
Joseph Padfield, The National Gallery (United Kingdom)
Carinna Parraman, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9015:
Color Imaging XIX: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications
Reiner Eschbach; Gabriel G. Marcu; Alessandro Rizzi, Editor(s)

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