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A printed digital photograph is difficult to reuse because the digital information that generated the print may no longer be available. This paper describes a method for approximating the original digital image by combining a scan of the printed photograph with digital auxiliary information kept together with the print. We formulate and solve the approximation problem using a Wyner-Ziv coding framework. During encoding, the Wyner-Ziv auxiliary information consists of a small amount of digital data composed of a number of sampled luminance pixel blocks and a number of sampled color pixel values to enable subsequent accurate registration and color-reproduction during decoding. The registration and color information is augmented by an additional amount of digital data encoded using Wyner-Ziv coding techniques that recovers residual errors and lost high spatial frequencies. The decoding process consists of scanning the printed photograph, together with a two step decoding process. The first decoding step, using the registration and color auxiliary information, generates a side-information image which registers and color corrects the scanned image. The second decoding step uses the additional Wyner-Ziv layer together with the side-information image to provide a closer approximation of the original, reducing residual errors and restoring the lost high spatial frequencies. The experimental results confirm the reduced digital storage needs when the scanned print assists in the digital reconstruction.
Date of Publication: March 2010