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2006.10.17 13:17 "Re: Tag 346", by Ross Presser
[sorry for the double message, Leonard; forgot to hit "reply all".] On 10/17/06, Leonard Rosenthol <email@example.com> wrote: > At 5:47 PM -0400 10/16/06, Ross Presser wrote: > >The reason I asked is slightly off topic for TIFF, in fact. As you > >probably know, the PDF spec does support Indexed images in any > >colorspace defined in the PDF. > > ALMOST any colorspace...You can't have indexed Indexed, > indexed Pattern, indexed Separation or indexed DeviceN. First two make sense, but the last two are a bit surprising to me -- seems they could be very useful. Ah well, maybe in PDF 1.7 or something :-) > PDF Enhancer (http://www.apago.com) will do the same thing. > In addition, if the option is enabled, it will also perform > quantization on RGB images with <1000 colors down to 256. That sounds cool. > > > >But since there are apparently *zero* raster file formats that can > >contain indexed CMYK images, > > Photoshop supports indexed CMYK, IIRC. I wondered about that, too, since it's another Adobe product and they proposed the TIFF tag 346 in the first place. Not a first choice in my particular case, though (I'm allowed to be picky, right?) > >it's impractical to do any image manipulation on these bitmaps. > > Not at all...You just need an imaging library that supports > indexed CMYK and can read a "blob"...GraphicMagick, for example, > springs to mind. You could also use Adobe's new open-source GIL. > Or you could write your own. I will look into these two. Thanks. > >I am considering writing a custom tool that converts them to RGB > >palette on the fly, and back again. > > 4->3->4 color conversion is a BAD IDEA!! As the numbers > demonstrate, you will LOSE information (even with ICC-based color > conversion). Yeah, I know, in general it is a bad idea. I'll redundantly point out again that I have a very constrained colormap, known ahead of time, which goes around this factor. I promise that if I write my proposed special-purpose tool, I'll add large annoying disclaimer popups if it sees anything other than the expected white-magenta-black colormap.