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6th Edition

Paul Zelanski, Mary Fisher

Feb 2009, Paperback, 200 pages
ISBN13: 9780205635603
ISBN10: 0205635601
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The sixth edition of Color is an invaluable introduction to the art and the science of color and its uses. It provides a solid and thorough foundation in the aesthetic and practical basics of this all-pervasive subject, with many quotations from artists past and present on the subtleties of their techniques. The material on new technologies has been reorganized abd updated so that pigment mixtures are now explored before light mixtures.

Preface 7

New to the Sixth Edition 7

Acknowledgments 8

Photo Credits 9

1 Working with Color 10

2 Color Basics 14

The Physics of Light 14

Additive Light Colors 15

Subtractive Pigment Colors 18

Saturation, Hue, Value 19

3 Perceiving Colors 25

The Human Eye 25

Seeing Colors 26

Variables in Color Perception 30

Non-visual Color Perception 37

4 Psychological Effects of Color 39

Warm and Cool Colors 39

Physiological Effects 41

Color Symbolism 43

Personal Color Preferences 44

Emotional Effects 47

Local and Expressive Color 49

5 Compositional Effects of Color 51

Spatial Effects 51

Balance and Proportion 56

Emphasis 58

Unity 59

6 Theories of Color Relationships 63

Early Theories 63

Leonardo da Vinci 63

Newton 64

Harris 65

Goethe 65

Runge 68

Chevreul 68

Rood 69

Munsell 71

Ostwald 71

C.I.E. Color Space 73

7 Subtractive Media 75

Dye and Pigment Sources 75

The Color Notation Systems 76

Mixing Oils and Acrylics 77

Ceramic Glazes 82

Colored Glass 83

Fiber Dyes 84

Color Photography 89

Color Printing 90

Digital Printing 95

Color Management 98

Fading of Subtractive Colors 101

8 Additive Media 102

Transmitting Color Electronically 103

Choosing and Using Color on the Monitor 104

Digital Art 108

Color in Website Design 111

Dynamic Imagery and Virtual Reality 113

Lightworks 115

9 Color Combinations and Interactions 120

Color Schemes 120

Color Interactions 131

10 Color in Fine Art 146

Non-Western Traditions 147

Historical Western Approaches 150

Western Approaches in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries 159

11 Color in Applied Design 171

Color Trends 171

Color Psychology 173

Graphic Design 176

Interior Design 179

Architecture 181

Landscape Design 186

Crafts 187

Color Problems 190

Glossary 193

Notes 196

Index 198

  • Visual demonstrations of the effects of color—Using relevant artworks, enlarged details, color charts, diagrams, and abstract examples.
    • Shows students color use in all media to reflect the variety of color applications.
  • Scientific information—On the emotional and physiological effects of different hues.
    • Gives students new material about the effects of color on our psyche and perceptions.
  • Material on virtual reality and video installations.
    • Demonstrates to students the new media applications of color.
  • Chapter-opening quotations—Quotes from historical and contemporary artists.
    • Enables students to understand how artists have used color in their work.
  • Material on the spatial effects of color.
    • Provides students with further discussion of this important visual effect.
  • Comprehensive coverage of the basics of color use in all media.
    • Gives students the foundation they need to explore color in their own work.
  • Practical considerations—Such as ways that graphic designers use and specify printers' inks.
    • Enables students to see applications in real-life professions.
  • Real artists' point of view—Direct quotes from working artists about the realities of color use.
    • Allows students to thoroughly see color from the artist's perspective.
  • Variety in color applications—Including historic and contemporary paintings, photographs, crafts, advertisements, cartoons, commercial design, computer art, video, architecture, landscape design, sculpture, and clothing.
    • Provides students with many examples of color use in virtually all fields of creative activity.
  • Art by women and multicultural art—Included throughout the text.
    • Gives students better perspective on the influence of gender and culture on the use of color in art.
  • Highlighted technical terms—Carefully defines technical terms in the text and in a glossary.
    • Provides students with an easily-accessed reference for better understanding of the concepts presented.
  • “Color Problems”—Suggests experiments with principles of color use plus tips on art supplies and color-acrylic painting.
    • Gives instructors support in forming their curriculum.