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Introduction to Colour Science - NPGR025
Title: Introduction to Colour Science
Guaranteed by: Department of Software and Computer Science Education (32-KSVI)
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
Guarantor: doc. Alexander Wilkie, Dr.
Class: DS, softwarové systémy
Informatika Bc.
Informatika Mgr. - volitelný
Classification: Informatics > Computer Graphics and Geometry
Annotation -
Last update: JUDr. Dana Macharová (24.09.2008)
The lecture gives an introduction to colour science from a computer graphics viewpoint. Its goal is to deliver a complete overview of the problem domain of colour perception and reproduction.
Course completion requirements -
Last update: doc. Alexander Wilkie, Dr. (07.06.2019)

Evaluation of student knowledge is via a single exam after the course ends. During this exam, several of the questions listed in the "sample questions for NPGR025" document will be asked. The grade is the average of the performance on the individual questions.

Literature -
Last update: doc. Alexander Wilkie, Dr. (07.10.2015)

Maureen Stone: A Field Guide to Digital Color, AK Peters, ISBN: 1-56881-161-6

Kurt Nassau: The Physics and Chemistry of Color, The Fifteen Causes of Color, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 0-471-39106-9

An applet that shows emission/absorption lines for all elements in the periodic table.

The illusion movie shown in the lecture.

The colour science history chapter from the Elsevier book.

Syllabus -
Last update: TOPFER/MFF.CUNI.CZ (24.09.2008)
1. history of colour science
a brief discussion of how the models of colour perception have evolved over the years

2. physics background
a presentation of several common phenomena that are at the root of coloured object appearance

3. human perception
how the human visual system works

4. colorimetry and colour spaces
how colour can be accurately measured, and arranged in different colour spaces that serve various purposes

5. colour measurement devices
which technologies are available to measure colours

6. colour safe workflows
how one can achieve consistent colour reproduction on multiple output devices

7. practical examples
some short demonstrations of how the colour management functionality in applications like e.g. Photoshop can be used

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