Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles / Edition 3

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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."

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Editorial Reviews

An introduction to fundamentals of color without mathematics and jargon, for color technologists, artists, designers, and students. Explains technical concepts concerning light, vision, and color perception, details color reproduction technologies, reviews the development of color theory in art, and covers color order systems and color measurement. Includes some color illustrations, b&w diagrams and graphs, a glossary, and a timetable of color in art. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"For readers wishing to expand their general understanding and appreciation of color and its perception, this is a fine book." (Journal of Pyrotechnics, Summer 2005)

"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, April 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118173848
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,542,090
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ROLF G. KUEHNI is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. Well known in the color science community, he is the author of Color Space and Its Divisions: Color Order from Antiquity to the Present, also from Wiley. Kuehni has received the InterSociety Color Council’s prestigious Godlove Award. In addition, he served as editor for the journal Color Research and Applications.

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Table of Contents

1 Color and Its Sources 1
2 What Is Color? 18
3 From Light to Color 27
4 Color Perception Phenomena 40
5 Orderly Arrangements of Colors 50
6 Putting Numbers on Colors 72
7 Orderly Arrangements of Colors, Revisited 95
8 Colorants and Their Mixture 109
9 Color Reproduction 120
10 The Web of Color 127
11 Color (Theory) in Art 137
12 Harmony of Colors 144
Timetable of Color in Science and Art 150
App Evolution of the Color Vision System 154
Glossary 160
Notes 171
Index 181
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