CS781 - Colour for Computer Graphics


Here is a list of references, intended for students who want to look deeper into some of the topics addressed in the course. These are books and articles that I have enjoyed reading and gotten something out of during my years of investigating colour. Other than this - not very stringent - qualification, inclusion is no warrant of either correctness or relevance. As the list grows -- if the list grows -- I may try to sort it by topic.

  1. Philip Ball. Bright Earth.
  2. Robert Boynton. Human Color Vision.
  3. W. Cowan & Colin Ware. Colour Perception Tutorial Notes. Available in CGL library.
  4. Jules Davidoff. Cognition through Color. MIT Press: Cambridge, 1991.
  5. M. T. H. Do et al. Photon Capture and Signalling by Melanopsin Retinal Ganglion Cells. Nature 457: 281-287, 2009.
  6. Ralph Evans. Color Photography: Eye, Film and Camera.
  7. Neil Gershenfeld. The Physics of Information Technology. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2000. Chapters 8 & 11.
  8. George Gescheider. Psychophysics: Method and Theory. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: Hillsdale, 1976.
  9. Roy Hall. Illumination and Color in Computer Graphics. Springer-Verlag: New York, 1989.
  10. Hurvich & Jameson. Color Vision.
  11. Mark Kirkpatrick & Trevor Price. In Sight of Speciation. Nature 455(2): 601-602, 2008.
  12. David Lee. Nature's Palette.
  13. Jerome Y. Lettvin, Maturana, H.R. McCulloch, W.S. Pitts. What the Frog's Eye Tells the Frog's Brain.pdf
  14. Margaret Livingston. Vision and Art -- The Biology of Vision. Abrams: New York, 2002.
  15. Blair MacIntyre. A Constraint-based Approach to Dynamic Colour Management for Windowing Interfaces. M.Math. Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, 1991.
  16. K. V. Mardia, J. T. Kent & J. M. Bibby. Multivariate Analysis. Academic Press: London, 1979..
  17. Joseph Murdoch. Illuminating Engineering. Macmillan: New York, 1985.
  18. Erik Reinhard, Erum Arif Khan, Ahmet Oguz Akyuz & Garrett M. Johnson. Color Imaging. AK Peters: Wellesley, 2008.
  19. Robert F. Schmidt, editor. Fundamentals of Sensory Physiology. Springer-Verlag: New York, 1981. (Chapter 4. Physiology of Vision.)
  20. Gaurav Sharma. LCDs Versus CRTs -- Color-Calibration and Gamut Considerations. Proceedings of the IEEE, 90: 605-622, 2002.
  21. Evan Thompson. Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception. Routledge: London, 1995.
  22. Jonathan Westphal. Colour: A Philosophical Introduction. Blackwell: Oxford, 1991.
  23. G. W. Wyszecki & W. S. Stiles, Colour Science, Wiley: New York, 1982.

Web Pages

  1. Evolution of colour vision


  1. Avian Plumage and Colour Perception
  2. Photoreceptor history
  3. Visual pigments and colour blindness

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