9. Color Reproduction

  1. Rolf G. Kuehni

Published Online: 9 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118533567.ch9

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition

How to Cite

Kuehni, R. G. (2012) Color Reproduction, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118533567.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118173848

Online ISBN: 9781118533567



  • color control;
  • color management;
  • color reproduction;
  • color television;
  • colorant formulation;
  • graphic printing;
  • liquid crystal display (LCD)


The general purpose of color reproduction is to have the appearances of original and reproduction match, preferably under all conditions. Since the media of original and reproduction are often different, an exact and nonmetameric match is generally difficult or impossible, as the spectral power distributions of lights or the reflectance properties of colorants tend to differ. Color reproduction is fully additive or subtractive, and in some cases, a mixture of the two. This chapter reviews the brief descriptions of three major technologies in which color reproduction is an important function and of the techniques used to achieve desired levels of reproduction. The two primary technologies used are plasma and liquid crystal display (LCD). Graphic printing involves several technologies, such as plate printing, roller printing, and screen printing. The chapter describes information about colorant formulation and color control. In order to obtain comparable images, “color management” is required.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

liquid crystal displays; television