The color inconstancy of prints is related to the ink spectral properties and the lookup table for multiink printing systems. In this paper, color inconstancy was investigated for several ink-jet printers based on their ink set and the default lookup tables. A virtual model for each printer was created to determine the range of color inconstancy that a specific ink set could achieve. The color inconstancy performance of each default lookup table was evaluated by evaluating the color inconstancy of a printed test target. The optimum combinations of three- and four-chromatic inks were investigated to minimize the color inconstancy and keep a relative large color gamut simultaneously. The results showed that the color inconstancy can be decreased significantly without compromising the reproduction colorimetric accuracy. Moreover the color inconstancy can be improved by appropriate ink design.

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"Exploring the color inconstancy of prints," Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the International Colour Association. Held in Granada, Spain: 8-13 May 2005.Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Department, Program, or Center

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


RIT – Main Campus