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What is the “opposite” of “blue”? The language of colour wheels

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posted on 18.05.2020 by Neil Dodgson
© Society for Imaging Science and Technology 2019 A color wheel is a tool for ordering and understanding hue. Different color wheels differ in the spacing of the colors around the wheel. The opponent-color theory, Munsell's color system, the standard printer's primaries, the artist's primaries, and Newton's rainbow all present different variations of the color wheel. I show that some of this variation is owing to imprecise use of language, based on Berlin and Kay's theory of basic color names. I also show that the artist's color wheel is an outlier that does not match well to the technical color wheels because its principal colors are so strongly connected to the basic color names.

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Dodgson, N.A. (2019). What is the “opposite” of “blue”? The language of colour wheels. Journal of Perceptual Imaging, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.2352/j.percept.imaging.2019.2.1.010401

Journal title

Journal of Perceptual Imaging

Volume

2

Issue

1

Publication date

01/06/2019

Pagination

(12)

Publisher

Society for Imaging Science & Technology

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

21/05/2019

ISSN

2575-8144

eISSN

2470-1173

Article number

010401

Language

en

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