Form-from-Watercolor in Surface Perception, and Old Maps

Lothar Spillmann, Baingio Pinna, John S Werner

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Form-from-color entails the watercolor effect, i.e. the use of long-range assimilative color spreading from a narrow chromatic edge onto an enclosed white surface. This chapter shows five experiments on this concept, which showed that watercolor is a better medium in determining figure-ground segregation under all conditions tested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSeeing Spatial Form
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199847570, 0195172884, 9780195172881
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Form-from-color
  • Old maps
  • Parallelism
  • Proximity
  • Watercolor effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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