- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 1 edition (July 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568811616
- ISBN-13: 978-1568811611
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Field Guide to Digital Color 1st Edition
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" ""Overall this book fills a gap in the literature of digital color. It presents the principles behind many of the concepts familiar to digital photographers, but which are never explained in detail in photography or digital imaging books aimed at the consumer."" -Bob Atkins, Photo.net, March 2005
""This is an excellent book that does what it sets out to do in a clear and concise fashion. It certainly belongs in any academic library as well as any specializing in information or graphic technology. Many people will find this to be an important source of practical information."" -Robert F. Skinder, E-Streams, September 2004
""Ms. Stone reminds us ... about the marvels of color in our everyday lives. ... Now that we have been briefed on how humans perceive color, describe it, and communicate it, it is time to discuss how to capture, manipulate, and dissemnate what we have perceived. ... useful information in a compact form... "" -Alan Kravetz, Wiley InterScience, October 2006"
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If you are a professional working in color reproduction, there are plenty of books on color engineering and computational color science - those by Phil Green et al, Stephen Westland, William Hunt are all good examples. But Maureen Stone's book has filled a long felt gap at a different level, where you need to understand the fundamentals thoroughly to get the best out of your everyday color reproduction equiptment - your computer monitor, color printer, your digital camera - what have you.
Three features of the book make it stand out: first, the selection of topics within its twelve chapters, second, the accuracy of the technical inforamation, and third the writing style. In fact, I am not sure if there is another book in the market on digital color at this level!
Ms Stone has selected just the right topics for providing a grounding in the issues of color reproduction. Her treatment of the Color Management Systems is probably one of the best at this level that I am familiar with. Color theory is complex. It is a hard-core science from one angle, an art from another angle, and an engineering discipline from yet another. The book has done a good job of summarizing the results precisely and explaining them accurately in a manner that almost anyone with interest in colors can understand.
The free-flowing writing style makes it easy to read - I finished reading through the book in about a week! And, now I keep going back to it off and on, just to confrim (or re-learn) my fundamentals.
The references and annotations to references are very useful.
This is the first book on colors for every computer user, digital camera user, color printer user and for graphics engineers.
This book is wonderful for photographers of all levels who own Photoshop or a similar image editing program and are serious about editing their photos and getting things "just right". For amateurs, it serves as an excellent guide for gaining understanding of the key concepts related to how the eye sees color, color mixing systems (additive and subtractive), color matching, perceptive effects that humans eyes have when colors are placed near each other, scanning images, color spaces, printing images, matching color spaces.
Although the book is by no means the answer to specific questions you might have about your situation, it provides references for all of the materials used and you can research a particular subject you need to gain further knowledge of quite easily. It will also help you to develop the terminology necessary to ask the right questions of an expert.
I am an advanced photographer and work with computer graphics (OpenGL) and found this book to be very useful for providing an overview of the entire chain of color from seeing it with our eyes, capturing images, manipulating them on a computer, and then outputting them for our eyes again with a printer, monitor, or other output device.