Ppmcie User Manual(0)                                    Ppmcie User Manual(0)


       ppmcie - draw a CIE color chart as a PPM image



       [ -rec709|-cie|-ebu|-hdtv|-ntsc|-smpte ] [-xy|-upvp]

       [-red rx ry]

       [-green gx gy]

       [-blue bx by]

       [-white wx wy]

       [-size edge]

       [{-xsize|-width} width]

       [{-ysize|-height} height]

       [-noblack] [-nowpoint] [-nolabel] [-noaxes] [-full]

       You may abbreviate any option to its shortest unique prefix.


       This program is part of Netpbm(1).

       ppmcie  creates  a PPM file containing a plot of the CIE ’tongue’ color
       chart -- to the extent possible in a PPM image.  Alternatively, creates
       a  pseudo-PPM  image  of the color tongue using RGB values from a color
       system of your choice.

       The CIE color tongue is an image of all the hues that can be  described
       by CIE X-Y chromaticity coordinates.  They are arranged on a two dimen-
       sional coordinate plane with the X chromaticity on the horizontal  axis
       and the Y chromaticity on the vertical scale.  (You can choose alterna-
       tively to use CIE u’-v’ chromaticity coordinates, but the general  idea
       of the color tongue is the same).

       Note  that the PPM format specifies that the RGB values in the file are
       from the ITU-R Recommendation  BT.709  color  system,  gamma-corrected.
       And  positive.  See ppm(1)fordetails.If you use one of the color system
       options on ppmcie, what you get is not a true PPM image,  but  is  very
       similar.  If you display such ppmcie output using a device that expects
       PPM input (which includes just about any computer graphics display pro-
       gram), it will display the wrong colors.

       However,  you may have a device that expects one of these variations on

       In every RGB color system you can specify, including the default (which
       produces  a  true  PPM  image)  there are hues in the color tongue that
       can’t be represented.  For example,  monochromatic  blue-green  with  a
       wavelength of 500nm cannot be represented in a PPM image.

       For  these  hues, ppmcie substitutes a similar hue as follows: They are
       desaturated and rendered as the shade where the  edge  of  the  Maxwell
       triangle  intersects a line drawn from the requested shade to the white
       point defined by the color system’s white point.   Furthermore,  unless
       you  specify  the  -full  option, ppmcie reduces their intensity by 25%
       compared to the true hues in the image.

       ppmcie draws and labels the CIE X-Y coordinate axes unless  you  choose
       otherwise with options.

       ppmcie  draws  the  Maxwell triangle for the color system in use on the
       color tongue.  The Maxwell triangle is the triangle whose vertices  are
       the  primary illuminant hues for the color system.  The hues inside the
       triangle show the color gamut for the color system.  They are also  the
       only  ones  that  are  correct for the CIE X-Y chromaticity coordinates
       shown.  (See explanation above).  ppmcie denotes the  Maxwell  triangle
       by  rendering  it  at  full brightness, while rendering the rest of the
       color tongue as 3/4 brightness.  You can turn this off with options.

       ppmcie also places a black cross at  the  color  system’s  white  point
       (with  the  center  of the cross open so you can actually see the white
       color) and displays in text the CIE X-Y chromaticities of  the  primary
       illuminants  and  white  point for the color system.  You can turn this
       off with options, though.

       ppmcie annotates the periphery of the color tongue with the wavelength,
       in nanometers of the monochromatic hues which appear there.

       ppmcie  displays the black body chromaticity curve for Planckian radia-
       tors from 1000 to 30000 kelvins on the image.  This  curve  traces  the
       colors of black bodies as various temperatures.

       You  can  choose from several standard color systems, or specify one of
       your own numerically.

       CIE charts, by their very nature, contain a very large number  of  col-
       ors.   If  you’re  encoding the chart for a color mapped device or file
       format, you’ll need to use pnmquant or ppmdither to reduce  the  number
       of colors in the image.







       -smpte Select a standard color system whose gamut to plot.  The default
              is -rec709, which chooses ITU-R  Recommendation  BT.709,  gamma-
              corrected.   This  is  the  only color system for which ppmcie’s
              output is a  true  PPM  image.   See  explanation  above.   -ebu
              chooses  the  primaries  used  in the PAL and SECAM broadcasting
              standards.  -ntsc chooses the primaries specified  by  the  NTSC
              broadcasting  system  (few  modern  monitors actually cover this
              range).  -smpte selects the primaries recommended by the Society
              of  Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) in standards
              RP-37 and RP-145, and -hdtv uses the  much  broader  HDTV  ideal
              primaries.   -cie  chooses  a  color system that has the largest
              possible gamut within the spectrum of the chart.   This  is  the
              same  color  system  as  you  get  with  the -cie option to John
              Walker’s cietoppm program.

       -xy    plot CIE 1931 x y chromaticities.  This is the default.

       -upvp  plot u’ v’ 1976 chromaticities rather than CIE 1931  x  y  chro-
              maticities.   The  advantage  of u’ v’ coordinates is that equal
              intervals of distance on the u’ v’ plane correspond  roughly  to
              the eye’s ability to discriminate colors.

       -red rx ry
              specifies  the CIE x and y co-ordinates of the red illuminant of
              a custom color system and selects the custom system.

       -green gx gy
              specifies the CIE x and y co-ordinates of the  green  illuminant
              of the color system and selects the custom system.

       -blue bx by
              specifies the CIE x and y co-ordinates of the blue illuminant of
              the color system and selects the custom system.

       -white wx wy
              specifies the CIE x and y co-ordinates of the white point of the
              color system and selects the custom system.

       -size edge
              Create a pixmap of edge by edge pixels.  The default is 512x512.

       -xsize|-width width
              Sets the width of the generated  image  to  width  pixels.   The
              default  width  is  512  pixels.  If the height and width of the
              image are not the same, the CIE diagram will be stretched in the
              longer dimension.

       -ysize|-height height
              Sets  the  height  of the generated image to height pixels.  The
              default height is 512 pixels.  If the height and  width  of  the
              image are not the same, the CIE diagram will be stretched in the
              longer dimension.

              Don’t plot the black body chromaticity curve.

              Don’t plot the color system’s white point.

              Omit the label.

              Don’t plot axes.

       -full  Plot the entire CIE tongue in full  brightness;  don’t  dim  the
              part  which  is  outside the gamut of the specified color system
              (i.e. outside the Maxwell triangle).

       A color spectrum is a linear combination of one or  more  monochromatic

       A  color  is a set of color spectra that all look the same to the human
       eye (and brain).  Actually, for the  purposes  of  the  definition,  we
       assume the eye has infinite precision, so we can call two color spectra
       different colors even though they’re so close a person couldn’t  possi-
       bly tell them apart.

       The  eye  contains 3 kinds of color receptors (cones).  Each has a dif-
       ferent response to the various monochromatic colors.  One kind responds
       most  strongly  to blue, another red, another green.  Because there are
       only three, many different color  spectra  will  excite  the  cones  at
       exactly  the  same  level, so the eye cannot tell them apart.  All such
       spectra that excite the cones in the same way are a single color.

       Each point in the color tongue represents a unique  color.   But  there
       are  an infinite number of color spectra in the set that is that color;
       i.e. an infinite number of color spectra that would look  to  you  like
       this point.  A machine could tell them apart, but you could not.

       Remember  that the colors outside the highlighted triangle are approxi-
       mations of the real colors because the PPM format cannot represent them
       (and  your  display  device  probably  cannot  display them).  That is,
       unless you’re using a variation of PPM and a special display device, as
       discussed earlier in this manual.

       A color is always relative to some given maximum brightness.  A partic-
       ular beam of light looks lime green if in a dim field, but pea green if
       in  a  bright  field.   An image on a movie screen may look pitch black
       because the projector is not shining any light on it, but when you turn
       off  the  projector and look at the same spot in room light, the screen
       looks quite white.  The same light from that spot hit your eye with the
       project on as with it off.

       The  chart shows two dimensions of color.  The third is intensity.  All
       the colors in the chart have the same intensity.  To get  all  possible
       colors  in the gamut, Make copies of the whole chart at every intensity
       between zero and the maximum.

       The edge of the tongue consists of all  the  monochromatic  colors.   A
       monochromatic color is one with a single wavelength.  I.e. a color that
       is in a rainbow.  The numbers you see are the  wavelengths  in  nanome-

       Any  straight  line segment within the tongue contains colors which are
       linear combinations of two colors -- the colors at either  end  of  the
       line segment.

       Any  color in the chart can be created from two other colors (actually,
       from any of an infinite number of pairs of other colors).

       All the colors within a triangle inside the tongue can be created  from
       a linear combination of the colors at the vertices of that triangle.

       Any  color  in  the  tongue can be created from at most 3 monochromatic

       The highlighted triangle shows the colors that can be expressed in  the
       tristimulus  color  system  you chose.  (ITU-R BT.709 by default).  The
       corners of the triangle are the 3 primary illuminants in that system (a
       certain  red,  green, and blue for BT.709).  The edges of the triangle,
       then, represent the colors you can represent with two  of  the  primary
       illuminants  (saturated  colors),  and  the interior colors require all
       three primary illuminants (are not saturated).

       In the ITU-R BT.709 color system (the  default),  the  white  point  is
       defined as D65, which is (and is named after) the color of a black body
       at 6502 kelvins.  Therefore, you should see the  temperature  curve  on
       the  image pass through the white part of the image, and the cross that
       marks the white point, at 6502 kelvins.

       D65 white is supposed to be the color of the sun.  If you have  a  per-
       fect  BT.709 display device, you should see the color of the sun at the
       white point cross.  That’s an important color, because when you look at
       an  object  in sunlight, the color that reflects of the object is based
       on the color of sunlight.  Note that  the  sun  produces  a  particular
       color  spectrum,  but  many other color spectra are the same color, and
       display devices never use the actual color spectrum of the sun.

       The colors at the corners of the triangle have the chromaticities phos-
       phors  in  a monitor that uses the selected color system.  Note that in
       BT.709 they are very close to monochromatic red, green, and  blue,  but
       not  quite.   That’s  why  you can’t display even one true color of the
       rainbow on a video monitor.

       Remember that the chart shows colors of constant  intensity,  therefore
       the  corners  of  the  triangles are not the full colors of the primary
       illuminants, but only their chromaticities.  In fact,  the  illuminants
       typically  have  different  intensities.   In  BT.709, the blue primary
       illuminant is far more intense than the green, which  is  more  intense
       than the red.  Designers did this in order to make an equal combination
       of red, green, and blue generate gray.  I.e.   a  combination  of  full
       strength  red,  full strength green, and full strength blue BT.709 pri-
       mary illuminants is D65 white.

       The tongue has a sharp straight edge at the bottom because  that’s  the
       limit  of  human  vision.   There  are colors below that line, but they
       involve infrared and ultraviolet light, so you can’t  see  them.   This
       line is called the ’line of purples.’


       ppmdither(1), pnmquant(1), ppm(1)


       Copyright (C) 1995 by John Walker (kelvin@fourmilab.ch)

       WWW home page: http://www.fourmilab.ch/

       Permission  to  use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
       documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted,  with-
       out  any  conditions  or restrictions.  This software is provided as is
       without express or implied warranty.

netpbm documentation             July 31, 2005           Ppmcie User Manual(0)

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