This fully revised and updated third edition offers students and artists valuable insights into traditional color theory and its practical application using todayʼs cutting-edge technology.

The text is lavishly illustrated, stressing issues of contemporary color use and examining how today’s artists and designers are using color in a multitude of mediums in their work. It is the only book that has parity between the male and female artists and designers represented, while containing more multicultural and global examples of art and design than any other text. This book begins with how we see color and its biological basis, progressing to the various theories about color and delving into the psychological meaning of color and its use. There are individual chapters on color use in art and design, as well as global and multicultural color use. One chapter investigates cross cultural life events such as marriages and funerals, while examining the six major religions’ conceptual and psychological underpinnings of color use. The final chapter explores the future of color.

Contemporary Color is the ideal text for color theory courses, but also for beginning art and design students, no matter what their future major discipline or emphasis may be. It provides the foundation on which to build their career and develop their own personal artistic voice and vision.

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chapter Chapter 1|24 pages

Color Perception

chapter Chapter 2|26 pages

Color Theory

Making Sense of Color

chapter Chapter 3|26 pages

Color Psychology

chapter Chapter 4|30 pages

Color Harmonies

chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

Pigments, Colorants and Paints

chapter Chapter 6|30 pages

Digital Color

chapter Chapter 7|22 pages

Color and 3-D

chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

Color in Fine Art

chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

Color in Design

chapter Chapter 10|28 pages

Global Color

chapter Chapter 11|20 pages

The Future of Color