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Characterization of Halftone Prints based on Microscale Image Analysis
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Media and Information Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ink spreading and lateral light scattering in the substrate affect the color of a halftone print. One of the most important phenomena which affects the print result is dot gain, meaning that printed dots appear larger than the dots in the digital bitmap. This is partly due to the ink spreading and ink penetration into the substrate, resulting in an enhancement of the physical dot size, referred to as the physical dot gain. Lateral propagation of light in paper causes printed dots to appear larger than their physical size, which is called optical dot gain. Characterization of total dot gain, i.e. the combination of physical and optical dot gain, is an important issue in the study of paper properties and print characteristics. Many models based on macroscopic measurements are reported in the  literature to separately characterize both physical and optical dot gains. The aim of this study is to go beyond the macroscopic models, and to study the halftone prints on a microscopic scale, by using microscale images captured by a high-resolution camera.

In this dissertation, three approaches based on the Murray-Davies model are proposed to obtain the total dot gain. In the first approach, by minimizing the root-mean-square difference between the calculated spectrum and the reflected spectrum measured by the  spectrophotometer, the total dot gain is approximated. The other two approaches are based on microscale images captured by a highresolution camera. These two approaches differ in their schemes on how to obtain the gray tone of the full tone ink. By the use of microscale images, it is also possible to illustrate the shape of the effective dot area for the investigated paper substrate.

A novel approach based on the histogram of microscale images is also proposed to separate physical from optical dot gain. Attaining the physical dot gain characteristic makes it possible to determine the actual physical dot shape, by which the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) of the paper substrate is estimated. The proposed approach is validated by comparing the estimated MTF of eleven offset printed coated papers to the MTF obtained from the unprinted papers using measured and Monte-Carlo simulated edge response.

Another potential usage based on the separation of physical from optical dot gain, is to study the characterization of different color inks. In this dissertation, the dependency of dot gain and wavelength in color print is investigated. It has been illustrated that the light scattering effect, which is the reason for optical dot gain creation, must be less sensitive to different wavelength bands. It has also been shown that it is possible to separate two printed color inks by illuminating the halftone print with having light in the reflective wavelength band of one of the two colors.

Comparison of the optical dot gain for different dot shapes and perimeters, but with the same area, shows the dependency of optical dot gain on the dot shape perimeter. The dependency of optical dot gain on the dot shape perimeter verifies the fact that the amount of optical dot gain is different for different types of halftoning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. , 162 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1548
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99791DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-99791ISBN: 978-91-7519-499-8 (print)OAI: diva2:658194
Public defence
2013-11-14, K3, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-10-21 Created: 2013-10-21 Last updated: 2013-10-21Bibliographically approved

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