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Colour, 2nd Edition by David Hornung

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2 . FIRST PRINCIPLES

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“Color exists in the visual field. This two-dimensional universe, separate from the three-dimensional world of touch, operates according to rules of its own.”

Patricia Sloane

 

ABOUT COLOR TERMINOLOGY

Although color theory has its basis in the science of optics, it is also subject to practical considerations and critical preferences that make universal agreement impossible. Much of the confusion comes from disagreements about color terminology. For example, the term “tertiary colors” usually applies to intermediate colors that fall exactly between each primary and secondary color on the color spectrum. But some theorists prefer ...

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