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

ISBN: 978-1-118-17384-8
296 pages
November 2012
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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

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Preface ix

1. Sources of Color 1

2. What Is Color and How Did We Come to Experience It? 23

3. From Light to Color 37

4. Color Perception Phenomena 51

5. Orderly Arrangements of Color 79

6. Defining the Color Stimulus 113

7. Calculating Color 131

8. Colorants and Their Mixture 151

9. Color Reproduction 167

10. The Web of Color 187

11. Color (Theory) in Art 219

12. Harmony of Colors 243

Appendix: Timetable of Color in Science and Art 257

Glossary 261

Credits 273

Index 275

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ROLF G. KUEHNI is an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Color Space and Its Divisions: Color Order from Antiquity to the Present (Wiley). The recipient of several prestigious awards, Kuehni also served as editor for the journal Color Research and Application.

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“There is a tremendous appearance change to the third edition, color has spread throughout the 12 chapters of the new edition of Rolf Kuehni’s Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles , rather than being relegated to a four-sheet insert as it was in the 2nd edition. . . All in all, if you have a choice, do not settle for an earlier edition, get the new one.”  (Color Research and Application, 21 May 2013)

 

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