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Best Color Theory Books That You Need

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Color Theory books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications (Artist’s Library) (2013)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedRegardless of your medium, a solid understanding of color and its applications is essential. With a fresh, contemporary take on the subject of color, this essential guide features and to put color knowledge to effective use. You'll find within: Color Theory begins with an overview of and the , followed by a presentation of : the color wheel; hue, saturation, and value; color and value; color temperature; color relativity; and color schemes. Everything you need to know about is detailed next. With these essentials covered, move on to with your compositions and painting…
Author(s): Patti Mollica

2. Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition (2013)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedJosef Albers’s Interaction of Color is a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albers’s singular explanation of complex color theory principles.   Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates, Interaction of Color first appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten color studies chosen by Albers, and has remained in print ever since. With over a quarter of a million copies sold in its various editions since…
Author(s): Josef Albers, Nicholas Fox Weber

3. Color, 2nd edition: A Workshop for Artists and Designers (2012)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedTaking a practical approach to color, Color: A workshop for artists and designers is an invaluable resource for art students and professionals alike. With its sequence of specially designed assignments and in-depth discussions, it effectively bridges the gap between color theory and practice to inspire confidence and understanding in anyone who works with color. Generously illustrated—including all-new, contemporary examples—this book provides a unique set of tools that make the complex theory of color accessible and practical. #125,083 in…
Author(s): David Hornung

4. Design Elements, Color Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Color Affects Design (2012)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedColor is an integral part of any design solution. Design Elements, Color Fundamentals is an essential resource for designers who want to create memorable design and successfully communicate with their audience. It is the second book in Rockport’s Design Elements series, which focuses on the core elements of design.With this book, designers will:—Learn how to effectively communicate with color and integrate color with type and image to affect meaning and create order—See how known pairings and selection methods can be used in real-world…
Author(s): Aaris Sherin

5. Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory (2002)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedInternationally renowned artist and best selling author Stephen Quiller shows readers how to discover their own personal "color sense" in Color Choices, a book that offers readers a fresh perspective on perfecting their own color styles.With the help of his own "Quiller Wheel," a special foldout wheel featuring 68 precisely placed colors, the author shows artists how they can develop their own unique color blends. First, Quiller demonstrates how to use the wheel to interpret color relationships and mix colors more clearly. Then he explains, step by step, how to develop five structured color schemes,…
Author(s): Stephen Quiller

6. Color by Betty Edwards: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors (2004)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedMillions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards’s bestseller . Now, much as artists progress from drawing to painting, Edwards moves from black-and-white into color. This much-awaited new guide distills the enormous existing knowledge about color theory into a practical method of working with color to produce harmonious combinations.Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to…
Author(s): Betty Edwards

7. A Field Guide to Color: A Watercolor Workbook (2019)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedColor is one of the most profound ways we have to express ourselves. In this lively workbook for artists, graphic designers, hobbyists, and creators of all types, you will journal your way through fresh and enriching ways to develop a more personal connection to color in your art and life. Using watercolors, gouache, or any other water-based medium, dive into color theory and explore your personal style while playing with a balanced blend of experiments and color meditations. Discover a personal color wheel while exploring tints and shades. Experiment with color mixing while you make as many…
Author(s): Lisa Solomon

8. A Dictionary Of Color Combinations (2011)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedSanzo Wada (1883-1967) was an artist, teacher, costume and kimono designer during a turbulent time in avant-garde Japanese art and cinema. Wada was ahead of his time in developing traditional and Western influenced colour combinations, helping to lay the foundations for contemporary colour research. Based on his original 6-volume work from the 1930s, this book offers 348 color combinations, as attractive and sensuous as the books own design. #10,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #92 in Graphic Design (Books) #1600 in Reference…
Author(s): Various

9. Color Studies (2013)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedThe 3rd edition of Color Studies introduces students from all concentrations of visual arts to color theory, the physiology and psychology of color perception, and the physics of color. This text discusses in detail the four dimensions of color – hue, value, intensity and temperature – with tips for putting knowledge into practice in a variety of disciplines, from painting and other fine arts to interior design, architecture, fashion design, textile design, and graphic design. Feisner and Reed provide an up-to-date discussion of sustainable color applications and green materials as the underlying component of colorants, dyes,…
Author(s): Edith Anderson Feisner, Ron Reed

10. Making Color Sing, 25th Anniversary Edition: Practical Lessons in Color and Design (2011)

 Best Color Theory Books That You NeedIn the 25th anniversary edition of Making Color Sing, Jeanne Dobie teaches you new ways to think about color and make it work for you, through 31 clear, easy-to-follow exercises. No color exists in isolation; colors are always interacting with one another. As this nationally recognized author explains, understanding color relationships is the key to successful painting. Do you know how to use the push and pull of warm and cool colors to create a feeling of space? Can you generate exciting vibrations through the interplay of complements? Have you ever considered disguising one…
Author(s): Jeanne Dobie

Best Color Theory Books That You Need

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some color theory books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Theory and Practical Application

Author(s): Han-Mo Chiu, Hsiu-Hsi Chen
ID: 2820972, Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2021, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

The Four-Color Theorem and Basic Graph Theory

Author(s): Chris McMullen
ID: 2530038, Publisher: Zishka Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 20 Mb, Format: epub

Technique and Practice of Impressionism.: Techniques and Methods - Color Theory.

ID: 2815440, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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