This paper introduces a new technique to hide scanned document in a digital image. It is a one-to-one matching between the pixels from the cover image to the pixel in scanned documents image. The proposed algorithm is an efficient computer-based steganographic method for embedding secret messages into images without producing noticeable changes is implemented. There is no need of referencing the original cover image while extracting the embedded data from a stego-image. This method utilizes the characteristic of the human vision’s sensitivity to gray value variations from smoothness to contrast. Distortions in the cover images are less noticeable because changes in the edge part of the images are less obvious to human observer. The method not only provides a better way for embedding large amounts of data into cover images with imperceptions, but also offers an easy way to accomplish secrecy. This method provides better results as compared to LSB replacement method where the distortions are spread all over the image.
Key words: Steganography, scanned documents, information embedding, secret communication.
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