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Comparing hardcopy and softcopy results in the study of the impact of workflow on perceived reproduction quality of fine art images
Author(s): Susan Farnand; Jun Jiang; Franziska Frey
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Paper Abstract

A project, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is currently underway to evaluate current practices in fine art image reproduction, determine the image quality generally achievable, and establish a suggested framework for art image interchange. To determine the image quality currently being achieved, experimentation has been conducted in which a set of objective targets and pieces of artwork in various media were imaged by participating museums and other cultural heritage institutions. Prints and images for display made from the delivered image files at the Rochester Institute of Technology were used as stimuli in psychometric testing in which observers were asked to evaluate the prints as reproductions of the original artwork and as stand alone images. The results indicated that there were limited differences between assessments made using displayed images relative to printed reproductions. Further, the differences between rankings made with and without the original artwork present were much smaller than expected.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7867, Image Quality and System Performance VIII, 786705 (24 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872132
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Susan Farnand, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Jun Jiang, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Franziska Frey, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7867:
Image Quality and System Performance VIII
Susan P. Farnand; Frans Gaykema, Editor(s)

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