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Three-dimensional gamut mapping using various color difference formulae and color spaces
Author(s): Masahiko Ito; Naoya Katoh
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Paper Abstract

Gamut mapping is a technique to transform out-of-gamut colors to the inside of the output device's gamut. It is essential to develop effective mapping algorithms to realize WYSIWYG color reproduction. In this paper, 3D gamut mapping using various color difference formulae and color spaces are considered. Visual experiments were performed to evaluate which combination of color difference formula and color space for gamut mapping was most preferred for five images. The color difference formula used in the experiments were (Delta) E*ab, (Delta) E*uv, (Delta) E94, (Delta) ECMC, (Delta) EBFD, and (Delta) Ewt. The color spaces used in the experiments were CIELAB, CIELUV, CIECAM97s, IPT and NC-IIIC. A clipping method was used that maps all out- of-gamut colors to the surface of the gamut, and no change was made to colors inside the gamut. It was found that gamut mapping using (Delta) E94, (Delta) ECMC, and (Delta) Ewt were effective in CIELAB color space. For mapping images containing a large portion of blue colors, (Delta) EBFD and (Delta) E*uv were found to be more effective. (Delta) E*ab was least preferred for all images. With respect to color spaces, gamut mapping performed in the CIELUV color space was superior to any other color spaces for the blue region. We conclude that (Delta) E94-LUV and (Delta) EBFD-LAB are the most useful combinations of color difference formula and color pace for gamut mapping, if we are to apply a single combination universally.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1998
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3648, Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts IV, (22 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334547
Show Author Affiliations
Masahiko Ito, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Naoya Katoh, Sony Corp. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3648:
Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts IV
Giordano B. Beretta; Reiner Eschbach, Editor(s)

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