At its May, 1997 meeting in Kyoto, CIE TC1-34 considered 4 proposed color appearance models for adoption as the CIECAM97s model. The ZLAB model was one of those considered. Although it was rejected by TC1-34 because of its simplicity, there are many situations (such as typical crossmedia image reproduction) for which a more complex model might not be necessary, or even useful. Thus, the ZLAB model is being published as a simpler alternative to CIECAM97s that retains many of its positive features.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:

Fairchild MD. The ZLAB color appearance model for practical image reproduction applications. Proceedings of the CIE Expert Symposium '97 on Colour Standards for Image Technology: CIE Pub x014 1998. p 89–94.

which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6378(199812)23:6<431::AID-COL13>3.0.CO;2-D. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


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