The perceived color balance of a photographic image as a function of its surrounds was investigated. Four images and three surrounds were used in all of their possible combinations. An image was projected onto a screen by means of a slide projector. A colored surround was projected by a second projector so that it encompassed the image. Five observers were asked to "correct" each image viewed within each surround to what he considered the most pleasing color balance. They did this by means of a three wheel subtractive filter system. (Cyan, magenta, and yellow)
The results showed that perceived color balance of a photographic image is affected by the surrounds in which it is viewed. The actual color balance of the image also has an effect on how the surrounds influence perception of that color balance.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Visual discrimination; Images, Photographic
Hollis N. Todd
Cosgrove, Robert and Rabey, William, "Investigations of color balance perception of photographic images as related to their surrounds" (1973). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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