To Skip Navigation Press Enter.Link to the Color Usage Site Home Page
Use the category links below to navigate this web site. All site pages can also be accessed with the site map.
Design Process Color Graphics Topics Color Guidelines Aerospace
Color Science Utilities Site Map
Link back to the CURL Home Page


On This Page:  • Color Space Visualization  • Locating Particular Colors  • Display Prototyping

** The Color Tool was originally designed to run as a Java applet in the user’s browser. This functionality is no longer supported by modern browsers. Therefore, the Color Tool has been removed from this website. We apologize for this inconvenience, and hope to some day rebuild the Color Tool as a standalone application. In the meantime, we hope that the Color Usage Research Lab website remains a useful resource for those who are interested in color science. **

The examples below illustrate a few uses for the Color Tool.

Color Space Visualization Back to the top of the page.

One good use for the Color Tool is to get an overview of the perceptual organization of the colors available on a display. The "Choose by Hue" and "Choose by Lightness" color selection panels let us look at representative samples of all of the colors in the 3D gamut of a color display. Users who don't have extensive training or experience with applied color perception (and maybe even a few who do have color training) can quickly see a few things about the visual possibilities supported by the display by browsing through this space.
Color Space Visualization Example.
More about 3D gamut of a display.

Locating a Color with Particular Properties Back to the top of the page.

We can also use the tool to seek a color with particular visual properties. For example, suppose we want to find a cyan (blue-green) that is both highly-saturated and bright. We can find it with the Color Tool using either panel.
Color Search Example.

Display Prototyping Back to the top of the page.

The tool can help with development of color schemes for complicated information displays. The organization of the color selection panels supports better understanding of the perceptual consequences of particular color choices than with other color pickers.
Display Prototyping Example.


Related Topics:
go to this page
Color Tool

About This Site

| Design Process | Color Graphics Topics | Color Tool | Guidelines | Aerospace | Color Science | Utilities

  Site Curator: Richard Mogford | Responsible NASA Official: Richard Mogford | Privacy Statement

NASA Logo     Ames Research Center Logo     Human Systems Integration Division Logo