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**Robust Color Image Watermarking Using Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform
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C.Venkata Narasimhulu Professor, Dept of ECE K.Satya Prasad

Professor, Dept of ECE, JNTU Kakinada, India prasad_kodati@yahoo.co.in, applications, embedded watermark should be invisible, robust and have a high capacity. Invisibility refers to degree of distortion introduced by the watermark and its affect on the viewers and listeners. Robustness is the resistance of an embedded watermark against intentional attack and normal signal processing operations such as noise, filtering, rotation, scaling, cropping and lossey compression etc. Capacity is the amount of data can be represented by embedded watermark.[1] Watermarking techniques may be classified in different ways. The classification may be based on the type of watermark being used, i.e., the watermark may be a visually recognizable logo or sequence of random numbers. A second classification is based on whether the watermark is applied in the spatial domain or the transform domain. In spatial domain, the simplest method is based on embedding the watermark in the least significant bits (LSB) of image pixels. However, spatial domain techniques are not resistant enough to image compression and other image processing operations. Transform domain watermarking schemes such as those based on the discrete cosine transform (DCT), the discrete wavelet transform (DWT), contourlet transforms along with numerical transformations such as Singular value Decomposition (SVD) and Principle component analysis (PCA) typically provide higher image fidelity and are much robust to image manipulations.[2]Of the so far proposed algorithms, wavelet domain algorithms perform better than other transform domain algorithms since DWT has a number of advantages over other transforms including time frequency localization, multi resolution representation, superior HVS modeling, and linear complexity and adaptively and it has been proved that wavelets are good at representing point wise discontinuities in one dimensional signal. However, in higher dimensions, e.g. image, there exists line or curve-shaped discontinuities. Since, 2D wavelets are produced by tensor products of 1D wavelets; they can only identify horizontal, vertical, diagonal discontinuities (edges) in images, ignoring smoothness along contours and curves. Curvelet transform was defined to represent two HIET, Hyderabad, India narasimhulucv@gmail.com

AbstractIn this paper, we propose a novel hybrid spread spectrum watermarking scheme for authentication of color images using nonsubsampled contourlet transform and singular value decomposition. The host color image and color watermark images are decomposed into directional sub- bands using Nonsubsampled contourlet transform and then applied Singular value decomposition to mid frequency sub-band coefficients. The singular values of mid frequency sub-band coefficients of color watermark image are embedded into singular values of mid frequency sub-band coefficients of host color image in Red, Green and Blue color spaces simultaneously based on spread spectrum technique. The experimental results shows that the proposed hybrid watermarking scheme is robust against common image processing operations such as, JPEG, JPEG 2000 compression, cropping, Rotation, histogram equalization, low pass filtering ,median filtering, sharpening, shearing ,salt & Pepper noise, Gaussian noise, grayscale conversion etc. It has also been shown the variation of visual quality of watermarked image for different scaling factors. The comparative analysis reveals that the proposed watermarking scheme out performs the color image watermarking schemes reported recently. Keywords: Color image watermarking, Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform, Singular value decomposition, Peak signal to noise ratio, normalized Correlation coefficient.

1. INTRODUCTION: In recent years, multimedia products were rapidly distributed over the fast communication systems such as Internet, so there exist strong requirement to protect the ownership and authentication of the multimedia data. Digital watermarking is a method of securing the digital data by embedding additional information called water mark into the digital multimedia content. This embedding information can be later extracted from or detected in the multimedia to make an assertion about the data authenticity. Digital watermarks remain intact under transmission/transformation, allowing us to protect our ownership rights in digital form. Absence of watermark in a previously watermarked image would lead to the conclusion that the data content has been modified. A watermarking algorithm consists of watermark structure, an embedding algorithm and extraction or detection algorithm. In multimedia

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dimensional discontinuities more efficiently, with least square error in a fixed term approximation. Curvelet transform was proposed in continuous domain and its discretisation was a challenge when critical sampling is desired. Contourlet transform was then proposed by DO and Vetterli as an improvement of Curvelet transform. The Contourlet transform is a directional multi resolution expansion which can represents images contains contours efficiently. The CT employs Laplacian pyramids to achieve multi resolution decomposition and directional filter banks to achieve directional decomposition [3] Due to down sampling and up sampling, the Contourlet transform is Shift variant. However shift invariance is desirable in image analysis applications such as edge detection, Contour characterization, image enhancement [4] and image watermarking. Here, we present a NonSubsampled Contourlet transform (NSCT) [5] which is shift invariant version of the contourlet transform. The NSCT is built upon iterated nonsubsampled filter banks to obtain a shift invariant image representation. In all above transform domain watermarking techniques including NSCT the watermarking bits would be directly embedded in the locations of sub band coefficients. Though here the visual of perception of original image is preserved, the watermarked image when subjected to some intentional attacks like compression the watermark bits will get damaged. Coming to the spatial domain watermarking using numerical transformation like SVD (Gorodetski [6], liu et al [7]) they provide good security against tampering and common manipulations for protecting rightful ownership. But these schemes are non adaptive, thus unable to offer consistent perceptual transparency of watermarking of different images. To provide adaptive transparency, robustness to the compressions and insensitivity to malicious manipulations, we propose a novel image hybrid watermarking scheme using NSCT and SVD. In this paper, proposed method is compared with another which is based on Contourlet Transform and singular value decomposition (CT-SVD). The peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR) between the original image and watermarked image and the normalized correlation coefficients (NCC) and bit error rate (BER) between the original watermark and extracted were calculated with and without attacks. The results show high improvement detection reliability using proposed method. The rest of this paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the Nonsubsampled contourlet transform, section 3 describes singular value decomposition, section 4 illustrates the details of proposed method, in section 5 experimental results are discussed without and with attacks, conclusion and future scope are given in section 6. 2. NONSUBSAMPLED CONTOURLET TRANSFORM The Nonsubsampled contourlet transform is a new image decomposition scheme introduced by Arthur L.Cunha, Jianping Zhou and Minh N.Do [8]. NSCT is more effective in representing smooth contours in different directions of in an image than contourlet transform and discrete wavelet transform. The NSCT is fully shift invariant, Multi scale and multi direction expansion that has a fast implementation. The NSCT exhibits a similar sub band decomposition as that of contourlets, but without down samplers and up samplers in it. Because of its redundancy the filter design problem of nonsubsampled contourlet is much less constrained than that of contourlet. The NSCT is constructed by combining nonsubsampled pyramids and nonsubsampled directional filter bank as shown in figure (1).The nonsubsampled pyramid structure results the multi scale property and nonsubsampled directional filter bank results the directional property.

(a) (b) Figure 1 The nonsubsampled contourlet transform (a) nonsubsampled filter bank structure that implements the NSCT. (b) Idealized frequency partitioning obtained with NSCT

2.1 Nonsubsampled Pyramids The nonsubsampled pyramid is a two channel nonsubsampled filter bank as shown in figure 2(a).The H0(z) is the low pass filter and one then sets H1(z) =1-H0(z). the corresponding synthesis filters G0(z) =G1(z)=1. the perfect reconstruction condition is given by Bezout identity H0(z)G0(z)+H1(Z) G1 (Z) =1………………(1)

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(a) (b) Figure (2): Nonsubsampled pyramidal filter (a). Ideal frequency response of nonsubsampled pyramidal filter (b).The cascading analysis of three stages nonsubsampled pyramid by iteration of two channels Nonsubsampled filter banks .

Multi scale decomposition is achieved from nonsubsampled pyramids by iterating the nonsubsampled filter banks by up sampling all filters by 2 in both direction the next level decomposition is achieved. The complexity of filtering is constant whether the filtering is with H(z) or an up sampled filter H(z m ) computed a Trous algorithm The cascading of three stage analysis part is shown in figure 2( b) 2.2 Nonsubsampled directional Filter Banks: The directional filter bank (DFB) is constructed from the combination of critically-sampled two-channel fan filter banks and resampling operations. The outcome of this DFB is a tree-structured filter bank splitting the 2-D frequency plane into wedges. The nonsubsampled directional filter bank which is shift

invariant is constructed by eliminating the down and up samplers in the DFB.The ideal frequency response of nonsubsampled filter banks is shown in figure3 (a) To obtain multi directional decomposition, the nonsubsampled DFBs are iterated. To obtain the next level decomposition, all filters are up sampled by a quincunx matrix given by Q=

1 1 1 ‐1

……………..(2)

The analysis part of iterated nonsubsampled filter bank is shown in figure 3 (b)

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Figure (3) Nonsubsampled directional filter bank (a) idealized frequency response of nonsubsampled directional filter bank.(b) The analysis part of an iterated nonsubsampled directional bank.

3. SINGULAR VALUE DECOMPOSITION Singular value decomposition (SVD) is a popular technique in linear algebra and it has applications in matrix inversion, obtaining low dimensional representation for high dimensional

data, for data compression and data denoising. If A is any N x N matrix, it is possible to find a decomposition of the form

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including discrete cosine transform (DCT), discrete wavelet transform (DWT), Contourlet transform (CT) etc have been used to embed watermark into original image. here the proposed scheme uses nonsubsampled contourlet transform(NSCT) along with SVD for watermarking to obtain better performance compared to existing hybrid algorithms. 4. PROPOSED ALGORITHM In this paper, Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform and SVD based hybrid technique is proposed for color image watermarking that uses true color images for both watermark and host images. The robustness and visual quality of watermarked image is tested with three quantifiers such as PSNR, NCC and Bit Error Rate. It is investigated whether the NSCT-SVD advantages over CT-SVD for color image watermarking with their extra features would provide any significance in terms of watermark robustness and invisibility. 4.1 , 4.2 explain the watermark embedding and extraction algorithm [10],[11] 4.1 Watermark Embedding Algorithm The proposed watermark embedding algorithm is shown in Figure 4. The steps of watermark embedding algorithm are as follows. Step1: Separate the R G B color spaces of both host and watermark color images. Step2: Apply Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform to the R color space of both host image and watermark image to decompose them into sub bands. Step3: Apply SVD to mid frequency sub-band of CT of R color space of both host and watermark image. Step4: Modify the singular values of mid frequency sub-band coefficients of R color space of host image with the singular values of mid frequency sub-band coefficients of R color space of watermark image using spread spectrum technique. i.e. λI’ = λI + α λW., Where α is scaling factor [9], λI is singular value of R color space of host image, λW is singular value of R color space of watermark and λI’ becomes singular value of R color space watermarked image. Step5: Apply inverse SVD on modified singular values obtained in step4 to get the mid frequency sub-band coefficients of watermarked image. Step6: Apply inverse Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform to the mid frequency sub-

Where U and V are orthogonal matrices of order N x N and N x N such that UTU=I,VTV=I , and the diagonal matrix S of order N x N has elements λi (i=1,2,3,..n) , I is an identity matrix of order N x N. The diagonal entries are called singular values of matrix A, the columns of U matrix are called the left singular values of A, and the columns of V are called as the right singular values of A. The general properties of SVD are [1], [2], [9] a) Transpose: A and its transpose AT have the same non-zero singular values. b) Flip: A, row-flipped Arf, and columnflipped Acf have the same non-zero singular values. c) Rotation: A and Ar (A rotated by an arbitrary degree) have the same non-zero singular values. d) Scaling: B is a row-scaled version of A by repeating every row for L1 times. For each non-zero singular value λ of A, B has √L1λ. C is a columnscaled version of A by repeating every column for L2 times. For each nonzero singular value λ of A, C has √L2λ. If D is row-scaled by L1 times and column-scaled by L2 times, for each non-zero singular value λ of A, D has √L1L2λ. e) Translation: A is expanded by adding rows and columns of black pixels. The resulting matrix Ae has the same Non-zero singular values as A. The important properties of SVD from the view point of image processing applications are: 1. The singular values of an image have very good stability i.e. When a small perturbation is added to an image, their singular values do not change significantly. 2. Singular value represents intrinsic algebraic image properties. Due to these properties of SVD, in the last few years several watermarking algorithms have been proposed based on this technique. The main idea of this approach is to find the SVD of a original image and then modify its singular values to embedded the watermark. Some SVD based algorithms are purely SVD based in a sense that only SVD domain is used to embed watermark into original image. Recently some hybrid SVD based algorithms have been proposed where different types of transform domain

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band coefficients obtained in step 5 to get the R color space of watermarked image. Step7: Apply the same Steps from Step2 to Step6 for the G and B color subspaces. Step 8: Combine the R,G and B color spaces of watermarked image to obtain the color watermarked image. Step5: Apply inverse SVD to obtain mid frequency coefficients of R color space of transformed watermark image using Step 3. Step6: Apply inverse NSCT using the coefficients of the mid frequency sub-band to obtain the R color space of Watermark image. Step7: Repeat the Steps 2 to 6 for G and B color spaces. Step8: Combine the R,G and B color spaces to get the color watermark.

Figure 4 Watermark Embeddign Algorithm Figure 5 Watermark Extracting Algorithm

4.2 Watermark Extraction Algorithm The watermark extraction algorithm is shown in Figure 5. The Steps of watermark extraction algorithm are as follows. Step1: Separate the R,G,B color spaces of watermarked image. Step2: Apply Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform to the R color space obtained in step1. Step3: Apply SVD to mid frequency sub-band of R color space of transformed watermarked image. Step4: Extract the singular values from mid frequency sub-band of R color space of watermarked and host image i, e λW

=

5. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS In the experiments, we use the true color “tajmahal.jpg” of size 256X256 as host image as shown in the Figure 6 and true color “lena.jpg” of size 128 X 128 as watermark as shown in Figure 7. The experiment is performed by taking scaling factor alpha as 0.5.The results show that there are no perceptibly visual degradations on the watermarked image shown in Figure 8 with a PSNR of 45.2253dB. Extracted watermark without attack is shown in Figure 9 with NCC around unity and BER of 0.1339. MATLAB 7.6 version is used for testing the robustness of the proposed method. The proposed algorithm is tested for different host images such as “lotus.jpg”, ”Baboon.jpg”, ”Barbara.jpg”, ”Way.jpg” ,”Horse.jpg” and “Wheel.jpg” as shown in Table 1 and it is observed that there are no visual degradations on the respected

( λI’ - λI )/ α

Where λI is singular value of watermarked image.

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watermarked images. For all the different Host test images, the watermark is effectively extracted with around unity NCC. Various intentional and nonintentional attacks are tested for robustness of the proposed watermark algorithm includes JPEG,JPEG2000compressions, low pass filtering, Rotation, Histogram Equalization ,Median Filtering, Salt &Pepper Noise, Weiner Filtering, Gamma Correction, Gaussian Noise, Rescaling, Sharpening Blurring ,Contrast Adjustment ,Automatic cropping, Dilation, Row Colum Copying, Row Colum removing, color to Gray scale conversion ,shearing and sharpening. The term robustness describes the watermark resistance to these attacks and can be measured by the bit-error rate which, is defined as the ratio of wrong extracted bits to the total number of embedded bits. In table 2, extracted watermark and attacked watermarked image with NCC and BER are shown. The quality and imperceptibility of watermarked image is measured by using PSNR. The PSNR is calculated separately for R, G, B color space of watermarked image with respect to the respective color space of host image using eq.3 [12]. The final PSNR of watermarked image is taken as mean of PSNR obtained with three color spaces. The similarity of extracted watermark with original watermark embedded is measured using NCC. The NCC is calculated using eq. (4) [13]for the three color spaces and their mean is taken as the resultant Normalized Correlation coefficient. The proposed method is also tested for binary and grayscale watermark image of size 128x128 and watermarked and extracted watermark are shown in table 3.

……….….(3) Normalized Correlation Coefficient:

………..(4)

Fig 6:Original image"Tajmahal.jpg”

Fig 7:Watermark image"Lena.jpg”

Fig 8:Watermarked Lena PSNR= 45.2253

Fig 9:Extracted Watermark Ncc=0.9991,Ber=0.1339

TABLE 1: WATERMARKED AND EXTRACTED WATERMARK WITH PSNR, NCC, AND BER FOR DIFFERENT ORIGINAL IMAGES.

Original image “lotus.jpg”

Watermark image “LENA.jpg”

Watermarked image with PSNR=46.2785

Extracted image NCC= 0.9983,Ber=0.1610

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Original image “baboon.jpg”

Watermark image “LENA.jpg”

Watermarked image with PSNR=44.8322

Extracted image NCC=0.9992, Ber=0.1342

Original image “barbara.jpg”

Watermark image “LENA.jpg”

Watermarked image with PSNR=44.4930

Extracted image NCC=0.9994,Ber=0.1299

Original image “way.jpg”

Watermark image “LENA.jpg”

Watermarked image with PSNR=44.7550

Extracted image NCC= 0.9994, Ber=0.1140

Original image “horse.jpg”

Watermark image “LENA.jpg”

Watermarked image with PSNR= 44.7308

Extracted image NCC= 0.9994, Ber=0.1201

Original image “wheeljpg”

Watermark image “LENA.jpg”

Watermarked image with PSNR= 45.5204

Extracted image NCC= 0.9985, Ber=0.1614

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TABLE 2: EXTRACTED WATERMARKS WITH NCC AND BER FOR DIFFERENT ATTACKS ALONG WITH ATTACKED WATERMARKED IMAGE

Jpeg compression Ncc= 0.9985,Ber=0.3306

Jpeg2000Ncc= 0.9995,Ber=0.1056

Salt & pepper noise Ncc= 0.6948, Ber=0.4503

Low Pass filtering Ncc= 0.9729 Ber=0.2995

utomatic cropping Ncc= 0.9538 Ber=0.3449

Histogram Equalization Ncc= 0.9808 Ber=0.3128

Rotation Ncc= 0. 0.9951 Ber=0.2958

Median filtering Ncc= 0.9484 Ber=0.3178

Contrast adjustment Ncc= 0.9985

Ber= 0.1613

Weiner filter Ncc= 0.9982 Ber=0.2051

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Gamma correction Ncc= 0.9989 Ber=0.1387

Gaussian Noise Ncc= 0.8399 Ber=0.3120

Sharpening Ncc= 0.8379 Ber=0.3967

Gaussian Blurring Ncc= 0.9719 Ber=0.3003

Shearing Ncc= 0.9744 Ber=0.2889

Dilatations= 0.9443 Ber=0.3332

Color to grayscale Ncc= 0.8163 Ber=0.3490

Row & column removal Ncc=0.9977 Ber=0.1930

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Row column copying Ncc= 0.9902 Ber=0.9734 Scaling (150%) Ncc = 0.9187

TABLE 3: WATERMARKED AND EXTRACTED WATERMARK IMAGES FOR BINARY AND GRAYSCALE WATERMARK

Original image “tajmahal.jpg

Binary Watermark image “ksp.bmp”.

Watermarked image PSNR= 47.6710

Extracted image Ncc= 0.9995, Ber=0.0157

Original image “tajmahal.jpg

Binary Watermark image “lena.bmp”.

Watermarked image PSNR= Inf

Extracted image Ncc= 1,Ber= 0

Original image “tajmahal.jpg

Gray scale Watermark image “Lena.jpg”.

Watermarked image PSNR=45.2629

Extracted image Ncc= 0.9992,Ber= 0.1345

In table 4, the proposed method is compared with contourlet and SVD based algorithm [11].It demonstrates that proposed method is superior to

salt pepper noise, Rotation, Gaussian Noise, Sharpening, Row and Colum removal and Row and column copying.

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TABLE 4: COMPARISON OF CT+SVD AND NSCT + SVD

7. REFERENCES:

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ATTACK Jpeg compression Jpeg2000 Salt & pepper noise Low pass filtering Automatic cropping Histogram Equation Rotation Median filtering Contrast adjustment Weiner filter Gamma correction Gaussian Noise Sharpening Gaussian Blurring Shearing dilatations Color to grayscale Row & Colum removal Row Colum copying Scaling (150%)

**Normalized Correlation NSCT+SVD CT+SVD 0.9985 0.9996
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0.9995 0.6948 0.9729 0.9538 0.9808 0.9958 0.9484 0.9985 0.9982 0.9989 0.8399 0.8379 0.9719 0.9744 0.9443 0.8163 0.9977 0.9902 0.9187

0.9996 0.6823 0.9839 0.9658 0.9733 0.9750 0.9680 0.9991 0.9989 0.9995 0.7538 0.8212 0.9841 0.9857 0.9678 0.8693 0.9972 0.9820 0.9417

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6. CONCLUSION: In this paper, a novel robust hybrid watermarking scheme is proposed for authentication of color images using nonsubsampled contourlet transform and singular value decomposition. Watermark is embedded in all color spaces of host image by modifying singular values of mid frequency sub band coefficients with respect to watermark mid frequency sub band coefficient with suitable scaling factor. The robustness of watermark is improved for common image procession operations by combining both the concepts of nonsubsampled contourlet transform and singular value decomposition. The proposed algorithm is tested for different host images and respective watermark images are obtained without any visual degradation. The proposed algorithm preserves high perceptual quality of the watermarked image and shows an excellent robustness to attacks like Salt and Pepper Noise, Gaussian Noise, Row Column Copying, and Row Column Removal.

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AUTHORS PROFILE:

C.V Narasimhulu He received his Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from S.V. University, Tirupati, India in 1995 and Master of Technology in Instruments and Control Systems from Regional Engineering College Calicut, India in 2000.He is currently pursuing the Ph.D degree in the department of Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada, India. He has more than 15 years experience of teaching under graduate and post graduate level. He is interested in the areas of signal processing and multimedia security K.Satya Prasad Received his Ph.D degree from IIT Madras, India. He is presently working as professor in ECE department, JNTU college of Engineering Kakinada and Rector of JNT University, Kakinada, India. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience. He published 30 research papers in international and 20 research papers in National journals. He guided 8 Ph.D thesises and 20 Ph.D thesises are under his guidance. His area of interests is digital signal and image processing, communications, adhoc networks etc..,

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In this paper, we propose a novel hybrid spread spectrum watermarking scheme for authentication of color images using nonsubsampled contourlet transform and singular value decomposition. The host c...

In this paper, we propose a novel hybrid spread spectrum watermarking scheme for authentication of color images using nonsubsampled contourlet transform and singular value decomposition. The host color image and color watermark images are decomposed into directional sub- bands using Nonsubsampled contourlet transform and then applied Singular value decomposition to mid frequency sub-band coefficients. The singular values of mid frequency sub-band coefficients of color watermark image are embedded into singular values of mid frequency sub-band coefficients of host color image in Red, Green and Blue color spaces simultaneously based on spread spectrum technique. The experimental results shows that the proposed hybrid watermarking scheme is robust against common image processing operations such as, JPEG, JPEG 2000 compression, cropping, Rotation, histogram equalization, low pass filtering ,median filtering, sharpening, shearing ,salt & Pepper noise, Gaussian noise, grayscale conversion etc. It has also been shown the variation of visual quality of watermarked image for different scaling factors. The comparative analysis reveals that the proposed watermarking scheme out performs the color image watermarking schemes reported recently.

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