The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition: Expert Color Information for Professional Results by Leatrice Eiseman

The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition: Expert Color Information for Professional Results

The Complete Color Harmony: Pantone Edition is the latest in Rockport Publishers' best-selling color series. Completely revised from start to finish this new edition, is written by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. And the color "moods" that she writes about in each chapter are based and matched with Pantone colors. The book expands on pr...

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  • Online Eccentric Librarian

    As a professional photographer, color theory in my work is extremely important. I am always looking for books that can help deepen my understanding of how to create the most impact with my images. When choosing this Pantone book, my first concern would be that it was directed at scientists or professionals in the color industry. As such it would have been dense and inscrutable since color theory is one of the most fascin

    As a professional photographer, color theory in my work is extremely important. I am always looking for books that can help deepen my understanding of how to create the most impact with my images. When choosing this Pantone book, my first concern would be that it was directed at scientists or professionals in the color industry. As such it would have been dense and inscrutable since color theory is one of the most fascinating but difficult topics out there. However, I was not only pleasantly surprised but very pleased with this book. It is very friendly and written for the layman - and as such the applicability is endless. Whether you are looking to repaint or redecorate a room, create an artistic piece, or even organize your outdoor garden in a meaningful way with color, this book is incredibly useful.

    The book breaks down as follows: Introduction sections on color harmony and defining the basic terms (what's the different between a hue and a tint, for example), color wheel and temp, complex colors, discord and dissonance in color, and psychology of color.

    The color terms is especially well done - beautiful graphics explain the color wheel in 3d form to get the understanding between, saturation, hue, light and dark. Then we have the temp of a color wheel - including primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Everything is briefly and beautifully explained to make the concepts not only palatable but relatable for whatever uses a reader has for color. Then discord and complex colors are discussed to get an idea of how to harness chaos in color.

    The psychology of the color section goes into detail about the 13 colors on the color wheel and how they are best employed/used. Then a huge chunk of the book discusses colors and how they create moods - with examples from earthy to playful, transcendent to powerful. Copious amounts of photographs make the ideas gel into concrete examples that can be applied in many ways by the reader.

    The last portion of the book discusses personal colors and what they say about you, changing colors and lives, color trends and forecasting, naming colors, and marketing.

    The layout of the book is quite friendly and easy to navigate - this makes an excellent resource you can pick up and find exactly what you need in a timely manner. As well, as a general information tool, the author has done an excellent job of condensing the information so there is a perfect balance of informative but not overwhelming.

    This is a book written for everyone, not just professionals in any kind of artistic field. It's both an informative book but also a reference that can be returned to when needed. As such, I find this an excellent and important tool to have ready and available for either professionals in the artistic field or for those interested in redecorating/remodeling. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  • Victoria Peipert

    excellent tool! This is a lovely and fairly comprehensive color harmony book that would be a nice reference for all creative professionals. I also loved that, unlike a lot of color harmony books I've seen, this one utilized and referenced pantones.

    highly recommended to keep in a library for ongoing use or even just color inspiration!

  • Melissa Dee

    I was lucky enough to review two new color inspiration books this month, Color Index XL by Jim Krause, and The Complete Color Harmony , Pantone Edition by Leatrice Eiseman.

    "Color Index XL” is a collection of hundreds of five color palettes ranging from warm, to mixed, to cool, each with four versions ranging from bright to muted. CMYK and RGB codes are provided. There is an additional short section on color theory.

    “The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition” provides a more organic approach to

    I was lucky enough to review two new color inspiration books this month, Color Index XL by Jim Krause, and The Complete Color Harmony , Pantone Edition by Leatrice Eiseman.

    "Color Index XL” is a collection of hundreds of five color palettes ranging from warm, to mixed, to cool, each with four versions ranging from bright to muted. CMYK and RGB codes are provided. There is an additional short section on color theory.

    “The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition” provides a more organic approach to color moods, along with a collection of two and three color palettes. Pantone codes are provided.

    I’m a fiber artist, working primarily in knitting yarns, and am always looking for inspiration. Both of these books were useful working tools.

    I reviewed the books in e-book form, and really enjoyed flipping through the different palettes and waiting for one of them to “sing” to me. I particularly liked the format of “Color Index” for its full page layouts. The tone of “Color Harmony” was playful and entertaining, if rather more of the book was dedicated to color marketing than I found useful.

  • David Thiessam

    This book should be considered an absolute must for everyone who has any interest or need of color understanding. This is a superb and brilliant book that gives deep insights into the use of color harmony and pantone. As the book says its expert. Beyond this though its easy to read, accessible and neither dumbs it down nor makes it too technical. You can read it all the way through with delight or use this as a handy guide to dip into as you work. Congratulations to Leatrice Eisman and thank you

    This book should be considered an absolute must for everyone who has any interest or need of color understanding. This is a superb and brilliant book that gives deep insights into the use of color harmony and pantone. As the book says its expert. Beyond this though its easy to read, accessible and neither dumbs it down nor makes it too technical. You can read it all the way through with delight or use this as a handy guide to dip into as you work. Congratulations to Leatrice Eisman and thank you.

  • Denise

    This book has a lot of very valuable information to help artists. It covers defining the basic terminology, what the temp?, complex colors, discord & dissonance, the psychology of color, color & mood, what colors say about you, changing colors & changing lives, color trends & forecasting, naming colors, and lastly the importance of marketing. Not to mention the pictures in this book are so inspiring!

  • Janet

    Thank you to the author, publisher, and NETGALLEY.COM for allowing me to read and review your book! As people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as the title and cover is usually a giveaway PLUS that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the pages where I post reviews are for. (Goodreads, Amazon. etc. )

    Thanks a million to all for a chance to review this book and the temporary download. As an artist (the other half of my work life) I dea

    Thank you to the author, publisher, and NETGALLEY.COM for allowing me to read and review your book! As people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as the title and cover is usually a giveaway PLUS that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the pages where I post reviews are for. (Goodreads, Amazon. etc. )

    Thanks a million to all for a chance to review this book and the temporary download. As an artist (the other half of my work life) I deal with colours and contrast and moods every day. This book is chock full of amazing colours and photography and ideas that will make my paintings zing and sing! LOVED IT!!!!!

  • Kelly Hodgkins

    Having not read a book like this, I was unclear what to expect. Visually interesting and full of guidelines on the effect of colour on our world, I found gems of wisdom throughout. However, it was shorter than anticipated and I’d have enjoyed more on each of the major topics particularly the psychological effects of colour. The palettes of colour are inspiring and the character of colour pieces are useful for deciding on colours for brands. I can see myself using it as a reference book in brand

    Having not read a book like this, I was unclear what to expect. Visually interesting and full of guidelines on the effect of colour on our world, I found gems of wisdom throughout. However, it was shorter than anticipated and I’d have enjoyed more on each of the major topics particularly the psychological effects of colour. The palettes of colour are inspiring and the character of colour pieces are useful for deciding on colours for brands. I can see myself using it as a reference book in brand development. A three on the enjoyment scale.

    I really appreciated the clarification of the value of colour and brand, my favourite lines include:

    “...at every level of the marketplace, colour emphatically establishes a brand image and testifies to the qualities and goals of the company it represents.”

    “ Blue is the most popular hue worldwide and, of surprisingly, one third of the world’s branding images are blue. In addition, the internet’s most heavily trafficked websites are colored liberally with shades of blue.”

    “The after-image phenomenon has been used to great advantage in operating rooms where medical personnel concentrate on red (as in blood and tissue) to the point of tiring the nerve endings in their retinas. Hospitals have long used soothing greens and blue greens in the OR to rest the eyes of the attending nurses and surgeons.”

    “The Japanese art of shinrin-yo-ku urges us to talk a walk in the forest, to further experience the replenishing use of the omnipresent greens.”

  • Gaby F.

    A fascinating insight on color by a professional trendsetter:

    The Complete Color Harmony is a treasure trove for professionals and laypeople alike, that leads the reader into the fascinating world of color. After I have read about the profound psychological impact that color has on us, how certain colors can be combined to evoke certain moods, and how our use of color can say something about our own personalities I am hooked to the Pantone color combinations suggested in this book. It is interest

    A fascinating insight on color by a professional trendsetter:

    The Complete Color Harmony is a treasure trove for professionals and laypeople alike, that leads the reader into the fascinating world of color. After I have read about the profound psychological impact that color has on us, how certain colors can be combined to evoke certain moods, and how our use of color can say something about our own personalities I am hooked to the Pantone color combinations suggested in this book. It is interesting to read that a lot of colors that are available today to paint or dye objects, were a luxury in the past or were not available for us at all. We are lucky to have so many color choices today. The art lies in combining those colors successfully. This book the tools for success into our hands with her color combinations for evoking all kinds of moods. I knew about Pantone colors before I read this particular book and I am always fascinated how many of these colors are being professionally used today. I will try to incorporate what I have learned from this book into my personal live and I am looking forward to seeing for how Pantone's modern interpretation of the use of color will be applied in interior design, the world of fashion, product design and other professions. And most importantly, I will keep on enjoying to see color everywhere around me.

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