Influence of luminance and resolution on the perceived quality of black-and-white images on soft displays

Bilissi, Efthimia, Jacobson, Ralph E. and Attridge, Geoffrey G. (2002) Influence of luminance and resolution on the perceived quality of black-and-white images on soft displays. Imaging Science Journal, 50 (4). pp. 277-289. ISSN 1368-2199


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The perceived quality of an image displayed on a computer monitor depends on a number of different factors that can affect viewers' preferences. Two of these are the luminance of the monitor display and the resolution of the image. The effect of luminance is of interest for applications such as on-line access of images where the computer displays used for viewing these images could have different luminance settings. A relationship between cathode-ray tube (CRT) display luminance and resolution has been shown in previous studies. It was therefore interesting to investigate whether there is a relationship between image resolution and CRT display luminance on perceived image quality. Image resolution is related to the image file size, which is an important factor for applications such as on-line access of images. This work used a CRT display to study the effect of the above-mentioned factors on the perceived quality of the displayed image. Three sets of black-and-white images, each set with a different resolution, were presented to observers at three brightness settings of the computer monitor. Results are discussed regarding the effect of monitor display luminance and image resolution on perceived image quality and the interaction between them. Evaluation of results is further extended to the influence of the different backgrounds of the images. The scene content of the images was also shown to affect the viewers' judgement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online ISSN 1743-131X
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cathode-ray tube (CRT) display, image resolution, display luminance, image quality
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Electronics and Computer Science, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 05 May 2006
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2010 14:30

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