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Gamuts and globes: the cartography of color
Author(s): Nathan Moroney
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Paper Abstract

A device gamut can be visualized as a 3D object in a given color space. The globe is approximately a 3D ellipsoid and has been the motivation for centuries of research in the area of geometric projections. Neither the globe nor a typical device gamut is flat but there are often times when it is useful to examine the globe and device gamuts in 2D. Cartography provides a multitude of geometric projections and terminology that can be used for gamut visualization and mapping. This paper provides examples of how the concepts and principles of cartography can be used for gamut visualization and gamut mapping. The Mercator, Cassini, Bonne, Mollweide, and Sinusoidal projections are used to visualize the sRGB gamut. Finally, a simple example using spherical coordinates is used to demonstrate how gamut projection can be used to implement a specific type of gamut mapping.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4300, Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts VI, (21 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410779
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Nathan Moroney, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4300:
Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts VI
Reiner Eschbach; Gabriel G. Marcu, Editor(s)

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