Abstract—A Novel Image Watermarking Approach. Watermarking is a basic secure communication method. It is used for embedding a recognizable pattern in media in such a manner that modification of the media also modifies the pattern, thus making it easy to detect the modification. This technique and its variants have many practical applications pertaining to secure communications, media verification, etc. Digital image watermarking is a technique for embedding data within an image signal in such a way that the original and the modified image signals are essentially identical. The embedded data can be used for various purposes such as secure communication in military applications, owner identification, and verification, < Final Year Projects > content authentication, etc. In this study, a watermark image signal is hidden in a message image signal by using a discrete cosine transform (DCT) domain approach. The tests of fidelity between the original and the watermarked signal and robustness applied to the watermarked signal. The results with both the Human Visual System (HVS) and numeric/graphic aspects are presented. The results show that an embedded watermark is not easily detectable using either the HVS or other techniques. Additionally, it can be detected successfully in the simulation domain, but it may be susceptible to some noise and channel limitations in the real world.
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