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Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, 3rd Edition

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The one-stop reference to the essentials of color science and technology—now fully updated and revised

The fully updated Third Edition of Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles continues to provide a truly comprehensive, non-mathematical introduction to color science, complete with historical, philosophical, and art-related topics.

Geared to non-specialists and experts alike, Color clearly explains key technical concepts concerning light, human vision, and color perception phenomena. It covers color order systems in depth, examines color reproduction technologies, and reviews the history of color science as well as its relationship to art and color harmony. Revised throughout to reflect the latest developments in the field, the Third Edition:

  • Features many new color illustrations, now fully incorporated into the text

  • Offers new perspectives on what color is all about, diverging from conventional thinking

  • Includes new information on perception phenomena, color order, and technological advances

  • Updates material on such topics as the CIE colorimetric system and optimal object colors

  • Extends coverage of color reproduction to display systems, photography, and color management

  • Contains a unique timetable of color in science and art, plus a glossary of important terms

  • Praise for the previous editions:

    "A nice bridge to areas usually not covered in academic visual science programs . . . outstanding."

    —Joel Pokorny, visual scientist at The University of Chicago

    "A good addition to any library, this should be useful for the color interests of artists, designers, craftsmen, philosophers, psychologists, color technologies, and students in related fields."

    —CHOICE

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Contents
    5. Preface
    6. Chapter 1: Sources of Color
      1. LIGHT
      2. INCANDESCENCE
      3. BLACKBODY RADIATION
      4. LUMINESCENCE
      5. ABSORPTION, REFLECTION, SCATTERING, AND TRANSMISSION
      6. REFRACTION
      7. INTERFERENCE
      8. DIFFRACTION
      9. MOLECULAR ORBITALS
      10. CRYSTAL-FIELD COLORS
      11. ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS AND SEMICONDUCTORS
      12. REFERENCES
    7. Chapter 2: What Is Color and How Did We Come to Experience It?
      1. THE OPPONENT COLOR SYSTEM
      2. WHAT IS COLOR?
      3. REFERENCES
    8. Chapter 3: From Light to Color
      1. RODS AND CONES
      2. COLOR OPPONENCY
      3. REFERENCES
    9. Chapter 4: Color Perception Phenomena
      1. LIGHT AS ILLUMINATOR
      2. UNRELATED AND RELATED COLORS
      3. LIGHTNESS AND RELATED EFFECTS
      4. Helmholtz–Kohlrausch Effect
      5. HUE
      6. Bezold–Brücke and Abney Effects
      7. CHROMA
      8. GRAYNESS
      9. ADDITIVE AND SUBTRACTIVE STIMULUS MIXTURE: COMPLEMENTARY COLORS
      10. ADAPTATION
      11. COLOR CONSTANCY
      12. METAMERISM
      13. SIMULTANEOUS AND SUCCESSIVE CONTRAST: AFTERIMAGES
      14. SPREADING AND EDGE EFFECTS: MACH BANDS
      15. VOLUME COLORS, TRANSPARENCY, AND TRANSLUCENCY
      16. METALLIC COLORS
      17. REFERENCES
    10. Chapter 5: Orderly Arrangements of Color
      1. ORDERING OF COLOR PERCEPTS
      2. LEVELS OF COLOR ORDER
      3. KINDS OF COLOR ORDER
      4. UNIFORM DIFFERENCE UNIT CONTOURS IN EUCLIDEAN COLOR SPACE
      5. IMPACT OF CRISPENING EFFECT ON COLOR DIFFERENCE PERCEPTION
      6. OBSERVER VARIABILITY
      7. COLOR SPACE AND COLOR SOLID
      8. SWEDISH NATURAL COLOUR SYSTEM (NCS)
      9. MUNSELL COLOR SYSTEM
      10. OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA UNIFORM COLOR SCALES (OSA-UCS)
      11. OTHER COLOR-ORDER SYSTEMS
      12. COLOR STIMULUS SOLIDS
      13. COLOR NAMING
      14. REFERENCES
    11. Chapter 6: Defining the Color Stimulus
      1. MATCHING STIMULI
      2. THE CIE COLORIMETRIC SYSTEM
      3. THE CIE CHROMATICITY DIAGRAM
      4. OPTIMAL OBJECT COLOR (STIMULUS) SOLID
      5. REFERENCES
    12. Chapter 7: Calculating Color
      1. MODELING GLOBAL COLOR SPACE
      2. SMALL COLOR DIFFERENCES
      3. REFERENCES
    13. Chapter 8: Colorants and Their Mixture
      1. DYES
      2. PIGMENTS
      3. COLORIMETRIC PROPERTIES OF COLORANTS
      4. COLORANT MIXTURES
      5. SPECIAL COLORANTS
      6. REFERENCES
    14. Chapter 9: Color Reproduction
      1. BASIC PROCESSES IN COLOR REPRODUCTION
      2. COLOR MANAGEMENT
      3. COLORANT FORMULATION AND COLOR CONTROL
      4. REFERENCES
    15. Chapter 10: The Web of Color
      1. GREEK IDEAS ON COLOR
      2. MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE THOUGHT ON COLOR
      3. THE REVOLUTION OF THE PRISM
      4. PHYSICS AND PSYCHOLOGY
      5. COLOR ORDER IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
      6. COLOR TECHNOLOGY AND COLOR SCIENCE
      7. COLOR IN LANGUAGE
      8. REFERENCES
    16. Chapter 11: Color (Theory) in Art
      1. THE RENAISSANCE
      2. FROM THE SEVENTEENTH TO THE NINETEENTH CENTURIES
      3. TWENTIETH CENTURY
      4. OPTICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS IN PAINTING
      5. REFERENCES
    17. Chapter 12: Harmony of Colors
      1. COLOR IN FASHION
      2. COLOR AND MUSIC
      3. COMPLEMENTARY COLORS
      4. COMPLEX RULES OF HARMONY
      5. CREATE YOUR OWN HARMONIES
      6. REFERENCES
    18. Appendix: Timetable of Color in Science and Art
    19. Glossary
    20. Credits
    21. Index