A new algorithm for calculating perceived colour difference of images

2006-06-07T12:37:53Z (GMT) by Guowei Hong M. Ronnier Luo
Faithful colour reproduction of digital images requires a reliable measure to compare such images in order to evaluate the reproduction performance. The conventional methods attempt to apply the CIE Colorimetry based colour difference equations, such as CIELAB, CMC, CIE94 and CIEDE2000, to complex images on a pixel-by-pixel basis, and calculates the overall colour difference as the averaged difference of each pixel in the image. This method is simple and straightforward but often does not represent the colour difference perceived by human visual system. This paper proposes a new algorithm for calculating the overall colour difference between a reproduced image and its original. The results obtained show that this new metric provides a quantitative measure that more closely corresponds to the colour difference perceived by human visual system.