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Color mixing models
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Paper Abstract

In black-and-white printing the page image can be represented within a computer as an array of binary values indicating whether or not pixels should be inked. The Boolean operators ofAND, OR, and EXCLUSIVE-OR are often used when adding new objects to the image array. For color printing the page may be represented as an array of "continuous tone" color values, and the generalization of these logic functions to gray-scale or full-color images is, in general, not defined or understood. When incrementally composing a page image new colors can replace old in an image buffer, or new colors and old can be combined according to some mixing function to form a composite color which is stored. This paper examines the properties of the Boolean operations and suggests fullcolor mixing functions which preserve the desired properties. These functions can be used to combine colored images, giving various transparency effects. The relationships between the mixing functions and physical models of color mixing are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1992
Proc. SPIE 1670, Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts, (1 May 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.2322258
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Steven J. Harrington, Xerox Webster Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1670:
Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts

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