Influence of chroma variations on naturalness and image quality of stereoscopic images

A. Kuijsters, W.A. IJsselsteijn, M.T.M. Lambooij, I.E.J. Heynderickx

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The computational view on image quality of Janssen and Blommaert states that the quality of an image is determined by the degree to which the image is both useful (discriminability) and natural (identifiability). This theory is tested by creating two manipulations. Firstly, multiplication of the chroma values of each pixel with a constant in the CIELab color space, i.e., chroma manipulation, is expected to increase only the usefulness by increasing the distances between the individual color points, enhancing the contrast. Secondly, introducing stereoscopic depth by varying the screen disparity, i.e., depth manipulation, is expected to increase both the usefulness and the naturalness. Twenty participants assessed perceived image quality, perceived naturalness and perceived depth of the manipulated versions of two natural scenes. The results revealed a small, yet significant shift between image quality and naturalness as a function of the chroma manipulation. In line with previous research, preference in quality was shifted to higher chroma values in comparison to preference in naturalness. Introducing depth enhanced the naturalness scores, however, in contrast to our expectations, not the image quality scores. It is argued that image quality is not sufficient to evaluate the full experience of 3D. Image quality appears to be only one of the attributes underlying the naturalness of stereoscopic images.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV, 19-22 January 2009, San Jose
EditorsB.E. Rogowitz, T.N. Pappas
Place of PublicationSan Jose, CA
ISBN (Print)9780819474902
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Eventconference; Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV; 2009-01-19; 2009-01-22 -
Duration: 19 Jan 200922 Jan 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


Conferenceconference; Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV; 2009-01-19; 2009-01-22
OtherHuman Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV


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