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Print quality analysis for ink-saving algorithms
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Paper Abstract

Ink-saving strategies for CMYK printers have evolved from their earlier stages where the 'draft' print mode was the main option available to control ink usage. The savings were achieved by printing alternate dots in an image at the expense of reducing print quality considerably. Nowadays, customers are not only unwilling to compromise quality but have higher expectations regarding both visual print quality and ink reduction solutions. Therefore, the need for more intricate ink-saving solutions with lower impact on print quality is evident. Printing-related factors such as the way the printer places the dots on the paper and the ink-substrate interaction play important and complex roles in the characterization and modeling of the printing process that make the ink reduction topic a challenging problem. In our study, we are interested in benchmarking ink-saving algorithms to find the connections between different ink reduction levels of a given ink-saving method and a set of print quality attributes. This study is mostly related to CMYK printers that use dispersed dot halftoning algorithms. The results of our efforts to develop such an evaluation scheme are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8293, Image Quality and System Performance IX, 82930Q (24 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.907864
Show Author Affiliations
Maria V. Ortiz Segovia, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Océ Print Logic Technologies (France)
Nicolas Bonnier, Océ Print Logic Technologies (France)
Jan P. Allebach, Purdue Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8293:
Image Quality and System Performance IX
Frans Gaykema; Peter D. Burns, Editor(s)

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