Color Science !

(what color is, and how we see it)

The Science of Color:
principles for the web (with additive light) and print (with subtractive pigments);

the basic concepts of primary colors & hue/saturation/brightness & web-safe colors

• Two excellent introductions — simple and clear, brief yet thorough — are Understanding Color and (to explain a wider variety of concepts, including hue, saturation, and brightness, plus grayscale and websafe colors, in 8 short pages) a Color Tutorial.

A Color Glossary with lots of interesting concepts about physics, physiology, and art
Visual Summaries of Basic Color Concepts (hue, saturation, brightness) including a "split out the white" way to understand saturation, by Craig Rusbult.
Word-IQ offers a web-page (and website) with lots of resources to explore, especially for the physiology and psychology of human vision.
The Color of Solutions with Transition Metal Complexes
Tests for Color Blindness (occurs mainly in men, rarely in women) — How do we see color?
Ultraviolet Vision — How does UV vision differ between humans and other animals?

• The obsolete 216 web-safe colors are shown, arranged in a table-grid and a click-able flower and big flower plus resources to explore: Home-Page, Color-FAQ,...   Lynda explains reasons for modern web-artists to ignore these color limitations (if they don't want to be stuck in a rut from 1997) or (to avoid dithering for the rare websurfers who are still using old 8-bit systems) pay attention to them.  But instead of just 216, how about 4096?  The 4096 web-smart colors are much less artistically limiting, yet are safe (to avoid dithering) on almost all monitors and computers now being used: More Crayons & 4096 Colors.  Or you can have millions of colors, because 256x256x256 = 16,777,216.  But do all computer screens show this many colors? (a "millions of colors" lawsuit against Apple)   (I.O.U. - Later I'll add more pages about color-on-the-web.)

This website for Whole-Person Education has TWO KINDS OF LINKS:
an ITALICIZED LINK keeps you inside a page, moving you to another part of it, and
 a NON-ITALICIZED LINK opens another page.  Both keep everything inside this window, 
so your browser's BACK-button will always take you back to where you were.
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