Albert Henry Munsell
T he man, the myth, the legend, and the person responsible for hours of frustration on your next assignment.






Munsell Color Chart


Below is a three dimensional illustration of how the Munsell chart may appear.
Think of this as a globe where the outer equator represents the highest saturation of hue (color).
As you follow toward the center, the hue becomes de-saturated toward gray.
The "north pole" is lighter in value, whereas the "south pole" is darker in value




Here is a three dimensional model representing the 12 hue color wheel as a Munsell chart.




To your left illustrates the inner core and the central saturation point or the"equator"
To your right illustrates the 12 Hue color wheel at the highest saturation.
The color wheel may be a topographical viewpoint in reference to the illustration on the left.




Below is how you will begin a single hue Munsell Chart.
Notice how I place a swatch of orange next to the value scale to find its relative value.




Below is how a completed single hue Munsell chart may look. Keep in mind there will be subtle varying results.
Notice how the values gradually become darker vertically, and how the saturation grays horizontally.
In order to desaturate a hue, you must use the color's complement.
In this case a blue-green hue is the complement to red-orange.
When two complements mix, the hues turn toward a colorless gray.




Below are examples of several hues based on the munsell chart.




Below is how the Munsell chart is used in archeological research. Most archeologists are familiar with the soil chart that is based on Munsell's color chart.




Below illustrates a version of the munsell chart. The color system is widely used in graphic arts software like photoshop.




Albert Munsell is noted for his numerical color system that is still in use with paint distributors today.