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The Reproduction of Colour, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-02426-3
724 pages
May 2005
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Increasing use of digital signals for transmitting data in television, photography and printing means the reproduction of pictorial colour in the 21st century continues to drive innovation in its development.

Hunt’s classic text The Reproduction of Colour has been fully revised and updated for the sixth edition to provide a comprehensive introduction to colour imaging and colour reproduction. New illustrations, diagrams and photographs ensure that both students and practising engineers using colour images can gain a full understanding of the theory and practical applications behind the phenomena they encounter.

Key features:

  • Describes the fundamental principles of colour reproduction for photography, television, printing and electronic imaging.
  • Provides detailed coverage of the physics of light and the property of colorants.
  • Includes new chapters on digital printing and digital imaging, which discuss colour reproduction on HDTV and desktop publishing.
  • Presents expanded coverage of the evaluation of colour appearance.

The Reproduction of Colour is already used as a basis for lectures in universities and specialist institutions and continues to be an essential resource for scientists, engineers and developers needing to appreciate the technologies of colour perception.

Reviews of the Fifth Edition:

"The book is beautifully written and superbly presented. It is a credit to both author and publisher, and deserves to be on the shelves of anyone who has any concern with the reproduction of colour."

From The Journal of Photographic Science, Vol. 43 1995

"Using his ability as a teacher, Dr Hunt has made potentially very difficult topics quite readable…he brings the insight that leads the reader to a greater depth of understanding."

From Color Research and Application, Vol. 23 1998

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology is an international society that aims to advance the science and practices of image assessment. A major objective of the Wiley-IS&T series will be to explain the latest scientific and technological developments in the field of imaging at a professional level. The broad scope of the series will focus on imaging in all its aspects, with particular emphasis on digital printing, electronic imaging, photofinishing, image preservation, image assessment, image archiving, pre-press technologies and hybrid imaging systems.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface xviii

Preface to the Sixth Edition xx


1 Spectral Colour Reproduction 3

2 Trichromatic Colour Reproduction and the Additive Principle 9

3 Additive Methods 18

4 The Subtractive Principle 25

5 Visual Appreciation 31

6 Tone Reproduction 47

7 The Colour Triangle 68

8 Colour Standards and Calculations 92

9 The Colorimetry of Subtractive Systems 126

10 Light Sources 139

11 Objectives in Colour Reproduction 163


12 Subtractive Methods in Colour Photography 183

13 Reflection Prints in Colour 199

14 Quantitative Colour Photography 212

15 Masking and Coloured Couplers 244

16 Printing Colour Negatives 262

17 The Chemistry of Colour Photography 277

18 Image Structure in Colour Photography 300


19 The Transmission of Colour Television Signals 335

20 Electronic Cameras 360

21 Display Devices for Colour Television 376

22 The N.T.S.C. and Similar Systems of Colour Television 393

23 The Use of Colour Film in Colour Television 427

24 Video Cassettes 443

25 Pictures from Computers 455


26 Photomechanical Principles 475

27 Preparing the Copy and Checking the Results 492

28 Practical Masking in Making Separations 504

29 Colour Scanners 519


30 Bit Requirements 545

31 Camcorders and Digital Still Cameras 555

32 Digital Scanners 564

33 Digital Printing 569


34 Chromatic Adaptation Transforms and a Colour Inconstancy Index 589

35 CIECAM97s Model of Colour Appearance 596

36 Models of Colour Vision for Comprehensive Purposes and for Unrelated Colours 627

37 Colour Reproduction Indices 637


Appendix 1 Matrix Algebra 645

Appendix 2 Colorimetric Tables 650

Appendix 3 Photometric Units 663

Appendix 4 Photographic Parameters 666

Appendix 5 Advanced Colour Difference Formulae 670

Appendix 6 A Replacement for CIECAM97s 672

Appendix 7 Spectral Luminous Efficiency Functions 678

Index 681

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Author Information

Robert Hunt, formerly Assistant Director of Research, Kodak Research Laboratories in Harrow, England, is an independent colour consultant and visiting Professor of Colour Science at the University of Derby.
He has been Chairman of the Colour Group of Great Britain (1961-63); Chairman of the Colorimetry Committee of the CIE (1975-83); and President of the International Colour Association (1981-85). He has written over a hundred papers on colour, vision, colour reproduction, and colour measurement. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a member of the Royal Institution where he served as Vice-President (1985-87). He has been awarded the Progress Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, the Judd-AIC Medal of the International Colour Association, and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Printing.
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"Hunt's ability to transmit complex technical information in a communicable, easy reading manner is to be applauded…will make a difference n the careers of scientists, engineers, color developers, and color technologists, who undertake to study and learn from it." (COLOR research and application, December 2005)

"…a standard…[that] is widely used in research, teaching, and lecturing." (CHOICE, July 2005)

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