Color Theory and Its Application in Art and Design by George A. Agoston

By George A. Agoston

This e-book at once addresses a long-felt, unhappy want of contemporary colour technological know-how - an appreciative and technically sound presentation of the foundations and major choices of colorimetry to artists and architects, written via one in all them. along with his exact combination of teaching and adventure in engineering, along with his lifelong curiosity and, latterly, occupation in paintings and paintings schooling, Dr. Agoston is strangely ready to express the message of colour technology to artwork and layout. His booklet fulfills the hopes I had whilst I first heard approximately him and his e-book. I foresee very important and long-lasting affects of this publication, analogous to these of the epoch-making writings via prior artist-scientists, comparable to Leonardo, Chevreul, Munsell, and Pope. approximately all folks who've contributed to paint technology, lately in addition to previously, have been interested in the examine of colour by means of colour in artwork. Use of target or clinical tools didn't consequence from any chilly, indifferent angle, yet from the inherent problems of the issues referring to colour and its use, through which they have been intrigued. smooth schooling and event has taught many folks find out how to take on tricky difficulties via use of clinical equipment. as a result - colour science.

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It is usual to find that, although different samples of pigment powder (say, cadmium red) may be chemically identical, slight variations occur in their spectral reflectance curves. Such variations may be introduced not only by the presence of impurities but also by insufficient crystal growth and crystal distortions resulting from processing. Spectral reflectance curves are essential tools in an important method of color measurement (Sects. 1,3). They are also useful in estimating wavelength compositions of light in judging the results of color mixing (Sect.

1. R. Davidson (Figs. 11]. 1. CIE color designations of matt pigment films (CIE ILL C) represented in Figs. 1-4. 9,10]. See Sects. , YO u c u B 50 c B 50 al u ~ Q; & a:: 25 Fig. , ;! , u ~ 700 600 100~-------------_, 75 B u 500 Fig. 2 /,,- u B u 50 50 ~ Q; Q; a:: a:: I --- " 25 I / I / MV/ / / / Fig. 00 Wavelength [nmJ 500 600 700 Wavelength [nmJ Fig. 1. Pigments. Cadmium red, CR (1); madder lake, ML (II). Spectral reflectance curves for matt pigment films. 1. 9,10]) Fig. 2. Pigments. Cadmium orange medium, COM; cadmium yellow light, CYL; zinc yellow, ZY; yellow ochre, YO.

Apply to color response. Used in this sense, they are terms of psychology. In the preceding sections, the attributes of color have been described in this sense. In later chapters where color measurement and specification are described, the frame of reference is changed. Color is linked to light (the stimulus) rather than to perception (the response) because precise measurements can be made on light relatively easily. For this reason, a new definition of color has been adopted, psychophysical color, that is satisfyingly close to the layman's everyday usage of the term "color".

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