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Color Description Terms for an Object

The Munsel system of color notation (1905) has popularized certain terms for describing the color of an object. Hue, value and chroma are frequently used terms for color description. As useful as these terms are it leaves out at least one very valuable characteristic, texture.


Hue Color or color family i.e. red, green, blue, yellow.
Value The intensity of a color as it is compared to lightest to darkest as it ranges from white to black.
Chroma The saturation or purity of a color from its most vivid (pure) to its lightest tint.
Texture The surface properties of the color as in shiny or matte, reflective or diffusing.

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