RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Color is a fascinating subject which touches a vast array of disciplines, from pure and applied science, to art and

sociology. Here is an eclectic selection of books that we consider either essential references, enlightening, fun,

fascinating, or a mixture of these qualities.

This is "the" book to understand the science of color. Mostly descriptive, with numerous illustrations, you do not need a heavy math background to appreciate its content, but it does contain many equations for those who want them. This is graduate level content which can be appreciated by people of various educational backgrounds. A must read for those studying color, of course, but also by everyone interested in the perception, characterization, and reproduction of color.  The abundant references to technical publications are carefully selected and often correspond to Milestones papers in their respective fields. Here are two errata PDF for the 3rd edition: V7 Errata and  V11 Errata, with this last one updated for the 4th printing.
A book to go deeper in the understanding of color reproduction, for the graduate level student specializing in the field, and the (very) advanced amateur. While reading it, you get the historical perspective on the evolution of our knowledge about color perception in the twentieth century. The book reflects the author's experience, with substantial content dedicated to film and television color reproduction. Some may find part of the content obsolete, as no recent book on color will talk about "film"; they will miss detailed descriptions of what was, and still is, important in a color reproduction system. Not to mention that, understanding how the problems with earlier and current processes were solved, can only give an informed perspective on similar problems found with future reproduction technologies. This book is a reference—an encyclopedia—on color reproduction! The sixth edition has a completely revised content and some new material. There are now 37 chapters compared to 32 in the previous edition; of those, 30 have the same title. The new chapters are grouped in two sections whose themes are "Digital Imaging" and "Color Appearance", the latter subject being of particular interest for the book author which is an active expert in the field.
In short: color theory, ICC profiles, color management in applications, tutorials applicable to cameras and printers. Designed for the same audience as Real World Color Management (Bruce Fraser & al., see below), this book is certainly the best reference on the subject in French, and in the top tier when all languages are considered! The author has visibly read and understood his scientific references and has extracted the right amount of content for a public interested in not just learning how to do things the right way, but also in understanding how a "color management module" works from the inside. The book is up to date in regards to color measuring equipment, including the X-Rite i1Pro 2 (associated with i1Profiler) and the basICColor Discus. Most of the tutorials are designed for Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, but you will also find many examples done with specialized software, such as PatchTool and CT&A! This 500+ pages book is a chock-full of insightful information, with entire sections devoted to displays and the workspace, cameras and RAW processing, and printers. En résumé: théorie de la couleur, profils ICC, gestion de couleur appliquée, tutoriels dédiés aux caméras et imprimantes. Destiné au même public que le livre Real World Color Management (Bruce Fraser & al., voir ci-dessous), ce livre est certainement la meilleure référence sur le sujet en français, et parmi les meilleures, toutes langues confondues! L'auteur a visiblement lu et compris ses références scientifiques et en a extrait la juste part pour un lectorat intéressé non seulement à apprendre comment faire les choses correctement, mais aussi à comprendre comment fonctionne un "module de gestion de la couleur" de l'intérieur. Ce livre est à jour en regard de l'équipement dédié à la mesure de la couleur, incluant le i1Pro 2 de X-Rite (associé à i1Profiler), et le Discus de basICColor. La majorité des tutoriels sont écrits pour Photoshop, InDesign et Illustrator, mais vous trouverez aussi de nombreux exemples réalisés avec des logiciels spécialisés, tels que PatchTool et  CT&A! Ce livre de plus de 500 pages est débordant d'informations pratiques, avec des sections entières dédiées aux écrans et au poste de travail, aux caméras et au développement RAW, et aux imprimantes.
This book is about modern practical approaches for accurate and repeatable color reproduction using ICC profiles. Dedicated to images manipulated on computers, you will find the "why" and the "how" of calibrating displays and input and output devices (cameras, scanners, printers, presses), and how they can be characterized using ICC profiles. With specific examples for all major graphics and image editing programs, this is required reading if your goal is to manage color in a deterministic manner.  An indispensable tool for professionals involved in all aspects of the printing field, both the ones well versed in computer based tools and the ones with previous generation technology training, as well as for professional and advanced-amateurs digital photographers.
The book was originally published in hard cover—still available—with 98 illustrations, and, more recently, in paperback, with no illustrations. It is an essay on the story of a color, blue, and its sociological importance, or lack of, in relation to red, white and black, in particular, across the ages. Extraordinarily well referenced, one should read the comments associated with the references in parallel with the main text, this book is a great stepping stone for the curious reader. Even in our modern world, surrounded by seemingly random and anarchic color schemes, you will find, after reading this book, that we still are under the influence of very old perceptions about color. Ce livre, originellement publié—et toujours disponible—avec une couverture rigide et comprenant 98 illustrations, est maintenant disponible en couverture papier, mais sans illustrations. C'est un essai sur l'histoire du bleu et de son importance sociologique, parfois minime, en relation avec le rouge, le blanc et le noir particulièrement, à travers les âges. Regorgeant de références, je suggère de lire les références en parallèle avec le texte principal, ce texte est un jalon nécessaire pour quiconque est intéressé à l'histoire de la couleur. Après la lecture de ce livre vous comprendrez que, même dans notre monde moderne rempli de couleurs bigarrées et non-assorties, nous sommes toujours sous l'influence des perceptions ancestrales sur la couleur.
Originally written in French, this book has an English twin. The books have the same content, with all pages matching on both versions, with a few exceptions in the last 20 pages, in the "Documents" section. Easy to read, with numerous well-selected, well-referenced, and well-printed illustrations, this book is a mine of content on how dyes and pigments were produced throughout history. It brings into the light the practical problems in obtaining the raw materials, and the political and financial importance of the color trade in history. After reading this book, you may have a slight moment of hesitation the next time you see E 120 as a food colorant in a product you just purchased! (You need to read the book to get the background information on the preceding sentence!) The printing quality of the English version is extraordinary, with very glossy paper and bright illustrations. This is surprising in such a small book which is far in size, but not content, from a coffee table book. In comparison, the 2005 French version print quality, while excellent, lacks some punch. Originellement publié en français, ce livre est maintenant disponible en anglais. Les deux livres sont essentiellement identiques, mis-à-part quelques exceptions dans les 20 dernières pages, dans la section "Témoignages et Documents". De lecture facile, agrémenté de nombreuses et magnifiques illustrations, fort bien référenciées, ce livre est une mine de renseignements sur l'usage des colorants et pigments à travers les temps. Il met en lumière les problèmes pratiques reliés à l'obtention des matières premières ainsi que l'importance de la politique et des aspects financiers dans l'histoire du commerce de la couleur. Après la lecture de ce livre, vous aurez peut-être un moment d'hésitation lorsque vous lirez la présence du colorant E120 dans un produit que vous venez d'acheter! (Vous devez lire ce livre pour comprendre le pourquoi de la phrase précédente!). La qualité d'impression de la version anglaise est extraordinaire, avec des illustrations lumineuses imprimées sur un papier très glacé. Une telle qualité est surprenante pour un livre dont la dimension (mais pas le contenu) est loin de celle d'un livre de salon. En comparaison, la qualité d'impression de la version française de 2005, bien qu'excellente, manque d'éclat.
BabelColor ®
Color Measurement and Analysis
    

The Reproduction of Colour

 R.W.G. Hunt  Fountain Press, 5th ed. (1995)  John Wiley & Sons, 6th ed. (2004)

Billmeyer and Saltzman's Principles of

Color Technology

Roy S. Berns Wiley-Interscience, 3rd ed. (2000)

La gestion des couleurs pour les

photographes, les graphistes et le

prépresse (in French)

Jean Delmas Eyrolles, paperback ed. (October 2012)

Real World Color Management

Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy, Fred Bunting Peachpit Press; 2nd ed. (2005)

Bleu, Histoire d'une couleur (in French)

Michel Pastoureau Seuil, paperback ed. (2002)
     

Colors, The Story of Dyes and Pigments

François Delamare and Bernard Guineau Harry N. Abrams, Discoveries (2000)

Les matériaux de la couleur

François Delamare et Bernard Guineau Découvertes Gallimard, No. 383 (1999, 2005)

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Color is a fascinating subject which

touches a vast array of disciplines,

from pure and applied science, to art

and sociology. Here is an eclectic

selection of books that we consider

either essential references,

enlightening, fun, fascinating, or a

mixture of these qualities.

This is "the" book to understand the science of color. Mostly descriptive, with numerous illustrations, you do not need a heavy math background to appreciate its content, but it does contain many equations for those who want them. This is graduate level content which can be appreciated by people of various educational backgrounds. A must read for those studying color, of course, but also by everyone interested in the perception, characterization, and reproduction of color.  The abundant references to technical publications are carefully selected and often correspond to Milestones papers in their respective fields. Here are two errata PDF for the 3rd edition: V7 Errata and  V11 Errata, with this last one updated for the 4th printing.
A book to go deeper in the understanding of color reproduction, for the graduate level student specializing in the field, and the (very) advanced amateur. While reading it, you get the historical perspective on the evolution of our knowledge about color perception in the twentieth century. The book reflects the author's experience, with substantial content dedicated to film and television color reproduction. Some may find part of the content obsolete, as no recent book on color will talk about "film"; they will miss detailed descriptions of what was, and still is, important in a color reproduction system. Not to mention that, understanding how the problems with earlier and current processes were solved, can only give an informed perspective on similar problems found with future reproduction technologies. This book is a reference—an encyclopedia—on color reproduction! The sixth edition has a completely revised content and some new material. There are now 37 chapters compared to 32 in the previous edition; of those, 30 have the same title. The new chapters are grouped in two sections whose themes are "Digital Imaging" and "Color Appearance", the latter subject being of particular interest for the book author which is an active expert in the field.
In short: color theory, ICC profiles, color management in applications, tutorials applicable to cameras and printers. Designed for the same audience as Real World Color Management (Bruce Fraser & al., see below), this book is certainly the best reference on the subject in French, and in the top tier when all languages are considered! The author has visibly read and understood his scientific references and has extracted the right amount of content for a public interested in not just learning how to do things the right way, but also in understanding how a "color management module" works from the inside. The book is up to date in regards to color measuring equipment, including the X-Rite i1Pro 2 (associated with i1Profiler) and the basICColor Discus. Most of the tutorials are designed for Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, but you will also find many examples done with specialized software, such as PatchTool and CT&A! This 500+ pages book is a chock-full of insightful information, with entire sections devoted to displays and the workspace, cameras and RAW processing, and printers. En résumé: théorie de la couleur, profils ICC, gestion de couleur appliquée, tutoriels dédiés aux caméras et imprimantes. Destiné au même public que le livre Real World Color Management (Bruce Fraser & al., voir ci- dessous), ce livre est certainement la meilleure référence sur le sujet en français, et parmi les meilleures, toutes langues confondues! L'auteur a visiblement lu et compris ses références scientifiques et en a extrait la juste part pour un lectorat intéressé non seulement à apprendre comment faire les choses correctement, mais aussi à comprendre comment fonctionne un "module de gestion de la couleur" de l'intérieur. Ce livre est à jour en regard de l'équipement dédié à la mesure de la couleur, incluant le i1Pro 2 de X-Rite (associé à i1Profiler), et le Discus de basICColor. La majorité des tutoriels sont écrits pour Photoshop, InDesign et Illustrator, mais vous trouverez aussi de nombreux exemples réalisés avec des logiciels spécialisés, tels que PatchTool et  CT&A! Ce livre de plus de 500 pages est débordant d'informations pratiques, avec des sections entières dédiées aux écrans et au poste de travail, aux caméras et au développement RAW, et aux imprimantes.
This book is about modern practical approaches for accurate and repeatable color reproduction using ICC profiles. Dedicated to images manipulated on computers, you will find the "why" and the "how" of calibrating displays and input and output devices (cameras, scanners, printers, presses), and how they can be characterized using ICC profiles. With specific examples for all major graphics and image editing programs, this is required reading if your goal is to manage color in a deterministic manner.  An indispensable tool for professionals involved in all aspects of the printing field, both the ones well versed in computer based tools and the ones with previous generation technology training, as well as for professional and advanced-amateurs digital photographers.
The book was originally published in hard cover—still available—with 98 illustrations, and, more recently, in paperback, with no illustrations. It is an essay on the story of a color, blue, and its sociological importance, or lack of, in relation to red, white and black, in particular, across the ages. Extraordinarily well referenced, one should read the comments associated with the references in parallel with the main text, this book is a great stepping stone for the curious reader. Even in our modern world, surrounded by seemingly random and anarchic color schemes, you will find, after reading this book, that we still are under the influence of very old perceptions about color. Ce livre, originellement publié—et toujours disponible—avec une couverture rigide et comprenant 98 illustrations, est maintenant disponible en couverture papier, mais sans illustrations. C'est un essai sur l'histoire du bleu et de son importance sociologique, parfois minime, en relation avec le rouge, le blanc et le noir particulièrement, à travers les âges. Regorgeant de références, je suggère de lire les références en parallèle avec le texte principal, ce texte est un jalon nécessaire pour quiconque est intéressé à l'histoire de la couleur. Après la lecture de ce livre vous comprendrez que, même dans notre monde moderne rempli de couleurs bigarrées et non-assorties, nous sommes toujours sous l'influence des perceptions ancestrales sur la couleur.
Originally written in French, this book has an English twin. The books have the same content, with all pages matching on both versions, with a few exceptions in the last 20 pages, in the "Documents" section. Easy to read, with numerous well-selected, well- referenced, and well-printed illustrations, this book is a mine of content on how dyes and pigments were produced throughout history. It brings into the light the practical problems in obtaining the raw materials, and the political and financial importance of the color trade in history. After reading this book, you may have a slight moment of hesitation the next time you see E 120 as a food colorant in a product you just purchased! (You need to read the book to get the background information on the preceding sentence!) The printing quality of the English version is extraordinary, with very glossy paper and bright illustrations. This is surprising in such a small book which is far in size, but not content, from a coffee table book. In comparison, the 2005 French version print quality, while excellent, lacks some punch. Originellement publié en français, ce livre est maintenant disponible en anglais. Les deux livres sont essentiellement identiques, mis-à-part quelques exceptions dans les 20 dernières pages, dans la section "Témoignages et Documents". De lecture facile, agrémenté de nombreuses et magnifiques illustrations, fort bien référenciées, ce livre est une mine de renseignements sur l'usage des colorants et pigments à travers les temps. Il met en lumière les problèmes pratiques reliés à l'obtention des matières premières ainsi que l'importance de la politique et des aspects financiers dans l'histoire du commerce de la couleur. Après la lecture de ce livre, vous aurez peut-être un moment d'hésitation lorsque vous lirez la présence du colorant E120 dans un produit que vous venez d'acheter! (Vous devez lire ce livre pour comprendre le pourquoi de la phrase précédente!). La qualité d'impression de la version anglaise est extraordinaire, avec des illustrations lumineuses imprimées sur un papier très glacé. Une telle qualité est surprenante pour un livre dont la dimension (mais pas le contenu) est loin de celle d'un livre de salon. En comparaison, la qualité d'impression de la version française de 2005, bien qu'excellente, manque d'éclat.
BabelColor ®
    

The Reproduction of Colour

 R.W.G. Hunt  Fountain Press, 5th ed. (1995)  John Wiley & Sons, 6th ed. (2004)

Billmeyer and Saltzman's

Principles of Color Technology

Roy S. Berns Wiley-Interscience, 3rd ed. (2000)

La gestion des couleurs 

pour les photographes, les

graphistes et le prépresse

(in French)

Jean Delmas Eyrolles, paperback ed. (October 2012)

Real World Color

Management

Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy, Fred Bunting Peachpit Press; 2nd ed. (2005)

Bleu, Histoire d'une

couleur (in French)

Michel Pastoureau Seuil, paperback ed. (2002)
     

Colors, The Story of Dyes and

Pigments

François Delamare and Bernard Guineau Harry N. Abrams, Discoveries (2000)

Les matériaux de la couleur

François Delamare et Bernard Guineau Découvertes Gallimard, No. 383 (1999, 2005)