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An evaluation of the transferability of Munsell's colour notation methodology to modern inkjet printing technology
Author(s): Melissa Olen; Adrian Geisow; Carinna Parraman
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Paper Abstract

This paper examines the transferability of the Munsell system to modern inkjet colorants and printing technology following a similar approach to his original methods. While extensive research and development has gone into establishing methods for measuring and modelling the modern colour gamut, this study seeks to reintegrate the psychophysical and artistic principles used in Munsell’s early colour studies with digital print. Contemporary inkjet printing, with ink sets containing a greater number of primary colorants, are significantly higher in chroma compared to the limited colorants available at the time of Munsell’s original work. Following Munsell’s design and implementation, our experiments replicate the use of Clerk-Maxwell’s spinning disks in order to examine the effects of colour mixing with these expanded colour capacities, and to determine hue distribution and placement. This work revisits Munsell's project in light of known issues, and formulates questions about how we can reintegrate Munsell's approach for colour description and mixing into modern colour science, understanding, and potential application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9395, Color Imaging XX: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications, 93950D (8 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083333
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Melissa Olen, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)
Adrian Geisow, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)
Carinna Parraman, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9395:
Color Imaging XX: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications
Reiner Eschbach; Gabriel G. Marcu; Alessandro Rizzi, Editor(s)

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