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Color: How to Use It, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Marcie Cooperman

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jun 14, 2013

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For courses in art and design foundations, interior design, fashion design, merchandising, graphic and communications design, and design marketing.


An in-depth look at color and how we perceive it.


Color relationships and compositional elements can completely change how we perceive color. Color and How to Use It is the first in-depth color theory textbook that examines color interactions and how they can be manipulated in art and design. Chapters examine the history of color, color theory, and the many factors that influence our perception of color. The text aims to help readers (1) learn to see color, color relationships, and elements of composition that affect the perception of color; (2) understand how altering just one color or compositional element will change the dynamics of a composition; and (3) gain skills in using color and composition to their greatest potential in 2-D design.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Color Theory History

Chapter 2 Color Perception and The Elements of Color: Hue, Value and Intensity

Chapter 3 Color Relationships

Chapter 4 Lines of Compositions

Chapter 5 Energy and Continuity

Chapter 6 Balance

Chapter 7 Planes and Color

Chapter 8 More Composition: Gestalt Theory and Dominance

Chapter 9 Color Interactions – Backgrounds, Borders and Transparency

Chapter 10 Using Color to Communicate in the Design Industries

Chapter 11 Visual sources of inspiration for composition and color

Chapter12 Audio sources of inspiration

Chapter 13 Pattern and Texture

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$50.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-266400-4