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Colour spaces - a review of historic and modern colour models*

G. D. Hastings, A. Rubin
African Vision and Eye Health | South African Optometrist: Vol 71, No 3 | a76 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aveh.v71i3.76 | © 2012 G. D. Hastings, A. Rubin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 December 2012 | Published: 09 December 2012

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G. D. Hastings, Department of Optometry, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
A. Rubin, Department of Optometry, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Although colour is one of the most interesting and integral parts of vision, most models and methods of colourimetry (the measurement of colour) available to describe and quantify colour have been developed outside of optometry. This article presents a summary of some of the most popularcolour models and a brief history of the advancements that have led to our current understanding of the complicated phenomenon of colour. (S Afr Optom 2012 71(3) 133-143)


Colour space; colour model; colourimetry; colour discrimination


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