Colour appearance shifts in two different-sized viewing conditions

Tsuei J. Hsieh, I-Ping Chen*

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This study assessed the effect of size on colour appearance, using a colour matching paradigm where two sizes were presented in a setting similar to a normal colour selection interface. Twelve colours sampling the entire range of the colour spectrum were chosen as target stimuli. The target stimuli consisted of either a large (30° by 50°) or a small (05° by 0.5°) test field displayed on a cathode ray tube (CRT). In the experiment, a set of small colour samples consisting of the target and its neighboring colours was presented on the screen. Fifty-seven participants were asked to pick a colour from the sample set that appeared to exactly match the target. Results in CIE- CAM02 showed a consistent increase in the apparent brightness (Q) but some decrease in saturation (s) for the larger field. Hue shifts were observed to form a systematic pattern. We noticed a discernable trend showing that, for targets of bluish or purplish colour hues, the accuracy of colour matching is lower and colour difference is greater in the condition of the large viewing field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-360
Number of pages9
JournalColor Research and Application
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • CIECAM02
  • Color appearance
  • Color difference
  • Large viewing field


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