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An evaluation of the transferability of Munsell's colour notation methodology to modern inkjet printing technology

Olen, Melissa; Geisow, Adrian; Parraman, Carinna

Authors

Melissa Olen

Adrian Geisow



Contributors

Reiner Eschbach
Editor

Gabriel G Marcu
Editor

Alessandro Rizzi
Editor

Abstract

© 2015 SPIE. This paper examines the transferability of the Munsell system to modern inkjet colorants and printing technology following a similar approach to his original methods. While extensive research and development has gone into establishing methods for measuring and modelling the modern colour gamut, this study seeks to reintegrate the psychophysical and artistic principles used in Munsell's early colour studies with digital print. Contemporary inkjet printing, with ink sets containing a greater number of primary colorants, are significantly higher in chroma compared to the limited colorants available at the time of Munsell's original work. Following Munsell's design and implementation, our experiments replicate the use of Clerk-Maxwell's spinning disks in order to examine the effects of colour mixing with these expanded colour capacities, and to determine hue distribution and placement. This work revisits Munsell's project in light of known issues, and formulates questions about how we can reintegrate Munsell's approach for colour description and mixing into modern colour science, understanding, and potential application.

Citation

Olen, M., Geisow, A., & Parraman, C. (2015). An evaluation of the transferability of Munsell's colour notation methodology to modern inkjet printing technology. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083333

Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal SPIE Proceedings
Publisher Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9395
Book Title Color Imaging XX: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications
ISBN 9781628414851
DOI https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083333
Keywords inkjet colorants, printing technology, measuring and modelling the modern colour gamut
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/839548
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2083333