A prototype calibration target was designed and tested for spectral imaging that consisted of 14 samples, nine of which were derived from statistical analyses of artist paints and a five-step grey scale. This target was compared with those commonly used when calibrating spectral-imaging systems. An Esser TE221 scanner target, GretagMacbeth ColorChecker DC, GretagMacbeth ColorChecker Color Rendition Chart, and the prototype target were used as both calibration and verification targets using a modified commercial color-filter-array digital camera as a spectralimaging device. When evaluating a verification target made from 30 different pigments, the prototype target had equivalent performance. Thus for spectral imaging, the spectral properties are more important than the number of samples or its colorimetric range of colors.

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"A Prototype calibration target for spectral imaging," Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the International Colour Association. Held in Granada, Spain: 8-13 May 2005. This research is part of the Art Spectral Imaging project, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


RIT – Main Campus