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Color theory and related color issues are taught in many design schools. The issues surrounding the use of color in a digital realm are of increasing importance. Understanding Color, Fourth Edition offers simple, plain-language explanations of the scientific basis of color perception, an overview of the leading theories of color and explanations of the seeming conflicts among them, and for each concept presented, examples of how theoretical information is applied in solving common problems in color design. This book is invaluable for designers in making sound color choices.
Linda Holtzschue is Principal of Linda Holtzschue and Associates, an interior design firm based in New York City. She has taught color theory and related courses at Parsons School of Design, where she also served as an assistant dean; the Fashion Institute of Technology; and the School of Visual Arts. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Color Study.
The Experience of Color.
The Uses of Color.
Chapter 2 A Little Light on the Subject.
Additive Color: Mixing Light.
The Illuminant Mode of Vision.
The Object Mode of Vision.
Subtractive Color: Colorants.
Lamps and Color Rendition.
Metamerism and Matching.
Modifying Light: Surface.
Transparent, Opaque, and Translucent.
Indirect Light, Indirect Color.
Modifying Light: Filters.
Chapter 3 The Human Element.
The Sensation of Color.
The Perception of Color.
Physiology: Responding to Light.
Healing and Color.
Psychology: Responding to Light.
Color as Language: From Name to Meaning.
Color as Words Alone.
Chapter 4 The Vocabulary of Color.
The Artists' Spectrum.
Primary, Secondary, and Intermediate Colors.
Other Spectrums, Other Primaries.
Cool and Warm Colors.
Tertiary Colors: Chromatic Neutrals.
Black, White, Gray.
Value and Image.
Pure Hues and Value.
Tints and Shades.
Monochromatic Value Scales.
Comparing Value in Different Hues.
Saturation: Diluting Pure Hues with Gray.
Saturation: Diluting Pure Hues with the Complement.