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Title: Improving reversible color-to-grayscale conversion with halftoning
Authors: Xu, Z
Chan, YH 
Keywords: Color palette
Color quantization
Information hiding
Noise shaping
Reversible color mapping
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Signal processing. Image communication, 2017, v. 52, p. 111-123 How to cite?
Journal: Signal processing. Image communication 
Abstract: Reversible color-to-grayscale conversion (RCGC) aims at embedding the chromatic information of a full color image into its grayscale version such that the original color image can be reconstructed in the future when necessary. Conventional RCGC algorithms tend to put their emphasis on the quality of the reconstructed color image, which makes the color-embedded grayscale image visually undesirable and suspicious. This paper presents a novel RCGC framework that emphasizes the quality of both the color-embedded grayscale image and the reconstructed color image simultaneously. Its superiority against other RCGC algorithms is mainly achieved by developing a color palette that fits into the application and exploiting error diffusion to shape the quantization noise to high frequency band. The improved quality of the color-embedded grayscale image makes the image appears as a normal image. It does not catch the attention of unauthorized people and hence the embedded chromatic information can be protected more securely.
ISSN: 0923-5965
DOI: 10.1016/j.image.2016.12.005
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