Chapter 1. Sources of Color

  1. Rolf G. Kuehni

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471687448.ch1

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kuehni, R. G. (2004) Sources of Color, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471687448.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471660064

Online ISBN: 9780471687443

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Keywords:

  • absorption;
  • color temperature;
  • colorants;
  • blackbody radiation;
  • fluorescence;
  • incandescence;
  • laser;
  • luminescence;
  • reflection

Summary

In this chapter the major sources of color stimuli are presented. In general color experiences are based on light stimuli, most often the result of incandescence. Color stimuli are usually the result of physical modification of light from a broadband source, such as the sun. There are several processes behind such modifications, for example absorption, transmission, scattering, reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction.

More specific causes of light absorption are mentioned, such as molecular orbitals, crystal fields, semi-conductors, and lasers.