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Development and measurement of the goodness of test images for visual print quality evaluation
Author(s): Raisa Halonen; Mikko Nuutinen; Reijo Asikainen; Pirkko Oittinen
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Paper Abstract

The aim of the study was to develop a test image for print quality evaluation to improve the current state of the art in testing the quality of digital printing. The image presented by the authors in EI09 portrayed a breakfast scene, the content of which could roughly be divided in four object categories: a woman, a table with objects, a landscape picture and a gray wall. The image was considered to have four main areas of improvement: the busyness of the image, the control of the color world, the salience of the object categories, and the naturalness of the event and the setting. To improve the first image, another test image was developed. Whereas several aspects were improved, the shortcomings of the new image found by visual testing and self-report were in the same four areas. To combine the insights of the two test images and to avoid their pitfalls, a third image was developed. The goodness of the three test images was measured in subjective tests. The third test image was found to address efficiently three of the four improvement areas, only the salience of the objects left a bit to be desired.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7529, Image Quality and System Performance VII, 752909 (18 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.838907
Show Author Affiliations
Raisa Halonen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Mikko Nuutinen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Reijo Asikainen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Pirkko Oittinen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7529:
Image Quality and System Performance VII
Susan P. Farnand; Frans Gaykema, Editor(s)

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