This is a text book for serious artists who are interested in color. It comes with 10 colors charts, each on its own page, with color chips illustrating how changes in value (light/dark)and chroma (bright/dull)affect each color. The chips come in little baggies for each color. You have to sort them by value and chroma and put them in the book.
Sorting all those color chips reminded me of mixing paints--without the mess. It was a good exercise because successful color mixing requires the ability to distinguish hue, value, and chroma.
It also comes with a page that has a color wheel, a grayscale (value scale), and a row of chroma changes for a Red at value 4. It is called a Hue Value/Chroma chart.
Because of the cost of this book, I was hesitant to buy it. I downloaded and read Munsell's "A Color Notation." It struck me as more accurate and less confused than the wide variety of currently popular books on color. It also didn't conflict with anything I already believe about color. I knew interior designers and textile designers use Munsell to create complex and beautiful color schemes. I recognized that there was some order to the best color designs, but I couldn't figure out what the pattern or organization actually was. After reading "A Color Notation," I wanted to know more, so I bought this book.
I have many books on color, but I wish I had read this one first. It actually made sense and cleared up some of the confusion left by the other books. It was well worth the price!
Following are the chapter titles of this 138-page book.
1. The Vocabulary of Munsell--which covers hue, value, chroma.
2. Science, Color, and Art--which discusses the Renaissance, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the Electronic Age.
3. Light and Color--which talks about the visible and invisible attributes of color and the differences between glossy and matt colors.
4. Vision and Color--which is about how the eye and the brain function, and how they alter perception of color.
5. Color Anomalies, Preference, and Emotional Response--which explains "warm" and "cool" hues, advancing and receding colors.
6. Additive Color Mixture: Mixing Light--which is about the mixture of light beams (used in televisions and computers).
7. Subtractive Color Mixture: Mixing Paints.
8. Relationships among Colors--which talks about simultaneous contrast, successive contrast, separated colors, color assimilation, color texture, and the transparency effect with opaque paints.
9. Combining Colors--which covers color harmony, balance, harmonious sequences, Munsell color paths.
10.Color in Designed Products, Installations and Printing.