Banding effect removal for digital multitoning

Error diffusion is an efficient halftone method for mainly being applied on printers. The promising highimage quality and processing efficiency endorse it as a popular and competitive candidate in halftoning and multitoning applications. The multitoning is an extension of halftoning, adopting more than three tone levels for improving the similarity between an original image and the converted image. Yet, the banding effect, indicating the areas with only one tone level, disturbs the visual perception, and thus seriously degrades image quality.

To cope with the banding effect, the tone replacement strategy is proposed in this study. As documented in the experimental results, excellent tone-similarity as that of the originalimage and promising reconstructed dot-distribution can be provided simultaneously. Comparing with the former banding-free methods, the apparent improvements/features suggest that the proposed method can be a very competitive candidate for multitoning applications.

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