Colour gamut size and shape influence colour preference

Minchen Wei, K. W. Houser, A. David, M. R. Krames

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Two psychophysical experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of colour gamut size and shape on colour preference. In the first, two side-by-side booths were designed to resemble a retail setting with clothing; in the second, a single booth was designed to resemble a restaurant setting, but also included a mirror to permit the observer's evaluation of skin tone. These settings were illuminated with two sets of sources, where, compared to a fixed reference, one set created modest chroma enhancement and the other set created greater increases in object chroma. Within each set, gamut shape varied, meaning different hues were saturated, even though, on average, the spectra created the same average increase in chroma. When objects were unfamiliar, as with the fabrics, all chroma-enhancing spectra were preferred to the fixed reference regardless of the gamut shapes. When familiar objects were present, such as food, observers were more discerning about changes in chroma and hue. We conclude that a graphic of gamut shape is an important adjunct to average measures of colour fidelity and gamut.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)992-1014
Number of pages23
JournalLighting Research and Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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