Color Space Java Applets

Rated Top 5% WebApplet by JARS
I would like to thank Greg Thoenen for making these web pages and java applets available to the general public

General Idea

The general idea behind this project is to give people (especially us computer science nerds) a better feel on how different color spaces (or color models) relate, and how to find one's way around in a specific color space.

Thus, I've made some decisions about what color spaces to spend my time on:

RGB -- The Red, Green, Blue color space. I chose it, because it seems everyone uses it, especially in computer science, since that's what monitors deal with.
HSV -- The Hue, Saturation, Value color space. I chose it, because it is the only main non-linear transformation from RGB, and because it is usually considered the easiest to use to pick colors.
YIQ -- I don't know what YIQ actually stands for, but this color space is the color space that is used here in the U.S. to encode our color television signals. I added it for some variety too -- it is usually considered a very unintuitive color space.
CIE Luv -- CIE stands for International Commission on Illumination (or Commision Internationale de l'Eclairage). CIE has set up some "standard" things, such as standard observers and standard primaries, and based some color systems upon them. I chose this particular CIE color space, because it seems to be the most intuitive of the CIE Lab & CIE Luv perceptually uniform color spaces.

Why java? So that all you people out there surfing can run this, mostly independent of whatever you're sitting in front of, though obviously, the closer your system comes to being able to allocate 24-bit colors in your browser, the better this will all work for you.

What? You say you want source code. Just click here for that.

To use the applet below:

The general idea is that the top set of choices allow you to choose multiple color spaces to run side-by-side that when you interact with one, updates the other(s), so you can see how they relate to one another.

The bottom set of choices is the chance to play the Matching Game with a color space, and attempt to match colors using that color space.

Choose what color spaces you want to interact with, then press the button to run the applet. You must choose at least 1 color space, and no more than 4 (there's no way more than 4 will fit on your screen -- 3 is tough for most screens).

OR, You can choose from the second set of choices, and play the matching game (click here for information on playing the matching game) with that color space.

You need a java-enabled browser, such as Netscape 2.01, to run this!