Principles of Colour and Appearance Measurement

1st Edition

Object Appearance, Colour Perception and Instrumental Measurement

Print ISBN: 9780081013915
eBook ISBN: 9780857099242
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 22nd January 2014
Page Count: 408
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Colour and appearance perceptions are very complex psychological phenomena. Written by one of the foremost authorities in the field, Principles of Colour and Appearance Measurement is a major two-volume work addressing the key topics required to understand the issues and manage colour effectively. The book addresses how objects appear to viewers, how viewers perceive colour, and the major types of instrumentation used to measure colour.

Chapters detail the characteristics of light sources and object colour and appearance attributes. They encompass the complexities of human visual perception, including the various causes and types of colour blindness, and other unusual visual phenomena. The book also covers colour measurement instruments and methods, as well as  fluorescence and whiteness.

Principles of Colour Appearance and Measurement is a comprehensive resource for designers, colour technologists, colour quality inspectors, product developers, and anyone who uses colour in their work.

Key Features

  • Addresses the key topics required to understand the issues of colour measure and management
  • Examines how viewers perceive colour and how objects appear to them
  • Reviews the major types of instrumentation used to measure colour


Designers; Color technologists; Color quality inspectors; Product developers; Anyone who uses color in their work

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1. Characteristics of light sources


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Process of visual perception

1.3 Optics

1.4 Radiometry

1.5 Photometry

1.6 Black-body radiation

1.7 Colour temperature

1.8 Different light sources

1.9 Illuminants

1.10 Luminous efficacy of lamps

1.11 Colour rendering

1.12 References

2. Object appearance and colour


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Interaction of light with objects

2.3 Reflection

2.4 Scattering

2.5 Refraction

2.6 Transmission and absorption

2.7 Mechanisms of colour generation

2.8 References

3. Colour and appearance attributes


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Physical and psychophysical attributes

3.3 Gloss

3.4 Retroreflection

3.5 Transparency

3.6 Colour attributes

3.7 Assessment of colour appearance

3.8 Total appearance concept

3.9 Emotional aspects of colour

3.10 Colour combination schemes

3.11 Emotional aspects of colour combinations

3.12 References

4. Principles of colour perception


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Analysis of sun radiation

4.3 Principles of colour mixing

4.4 Colour matching experiment

4.5 CIE 2° standard observer functions

4.6 CIE 10° standard observer functions

4.7 Transformation of primaries

4.8 The human vision system

4.9 The remarkable properties of the eye

4.10 Colour vision theories

4.11 References

5. Unusual visual phenomena and colour blindness


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Unusual visual phenomena

5.3 Variation in colour vision

5.4 Defective colour vision

5.5 Yellowness of vi


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"These volumes have earned their place on the well-equipped color science bookshelf, both for their up-to-dateness compared to the classics, and completeness of coverage across a wide range of topics."--AATCC Review, Principles of Colour Appearance and Measurement (Two Volumes)