“Effective use of color in computer graphics” by Truckenbrod

  • ©Joan R. Truckenbrod




    Effective use of color in computer graphics



    Color is a significant component of computer aided visualization of information, concepts and ideas. The use of color in all applications of computer graphics enhances the image, clarifies the information presented, and helps distinguish features that are obscure in black and white pictures. Color is used to differentiate elements in the diagrams so that the comparative information is read and understood rapidly and accurately. Color visualization techniques increase the amount of information that can be integrated into the visual message or picture, and thus create layers of information. It is clear that research and discovery can be supported and enhanced by color application, or inhibited by ineffectual use of color. In order to effectively utilize color in the visualization of ideas, information, or concepts, the role of color in various applications must be examined, and the perceptual behavior of color must be delineated. The basic principles of color theory have been discussed to provide a fundamental understanding of the characteristics of color and the manner in which colors interact with one another. Based on these principles, the user will be better able to utilize color in an effective manner relative to specific applications in color graphics.


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