Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology

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Color Contrast

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27851-8_227-6

Synonyms

Definition

Color contrast describes the perceptual effects of colors’ adjacency in contexts, whether they occur and are observed in two- or three-dimensional space. It is the relationship between the color of a stimulus and that of its immediate surround.

Overview

The concept of color contrast is concerned with the perception of color itself and is based upon the idea that the eye – the visual system – evaluates, a function of thinking. Light and color are therefore not merely surface phenomena but are intrinsic to human vision, to sight and insight. Light and color contrasts are primary attributes of vision. They signal the reactive eye to initiate and activate the complex visual system to respond to the visual world.

Fundamentally, the perceptions of the visual world, in its enormous diversity – the environment, man made or natural; people; places; animals; and vegetal life-space itself – are distinguished and contextualized by the glorious capacity to see...

Keywords

Color Contrast Color Patch Reversed Contrast Simultaneous Contrast Edge Contrast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois Swirnoff
    • 1
  • Nilgun Olgunturk
    • 2
  • Gertrud Olsson
    • 3
  1. 1.The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Cooper SquareNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Faculty of Art, Design and ArchitectureBilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.School of ArchitectureKTH, Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden