Chapter 1: Color & Color Vision

Demonstration Screen Cast


    Helpful Links:

    Animation showing the human visual system:
    Information on the spectral responses of our eyes:
    Color Vision Test: X-Rite Online Color Challenge based on the FM Munsell Hue Test:
    Color Vision Test: Biyee SciTech, Inc.’s “Integrated” Color Vision Deficiency Test:

    Further Reading:

    Gregory, Richard. Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing. 5th ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.
    Hubel, David. Chapter 3, “The Eye”. Eye, Brain, and Vision. 2nd ed. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman & Co., 1995.
    Available online at:
    Hunt, R. W. G. Measuring Colour. Chichester, England: Ellis Horwood Ltd., 1987.
    Itten, Johannes. The Art of Color. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1961. pp. 16–17.
    Livingstone, Margaret. Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
    Sacks, Oliver. “The Case of the Colorblind Painter.” An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales. New York, NY: Vintage, 1996.
    Wyszecki, Gunther, and W.S.Stiles. Color Science: Concepts and Methods, Quantitative Data and Formulae. 2nd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, 1982. (Very thorough and dense, with lots of math. Only for the committed or the fearless.)