I think I accidentally turned off wide color gamut, anyone know how to fix in OSX?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by lJoSquaredl, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:04 PM.

  1. lJoSquaredl macrumors regular

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    My screen has been looking much less vibrant lately, and switching between the "Generic RGB" and the default "Color LCD" profile really makes it apparent. I have tried using the wide color webkit test and the symbol shows up in "Color LCD" compared to not showing up in "Generic RGB" but everything feels more dry and less vibrant than I remember. When I bootcamp Windows colors look like they're gonna explode off the screen as well. Not sure if I somehow turned it off, but I've reformatted my laptop with the issue still persisting afterwards. Anyone know if I have it turned off or I'm just that used to it and the other profiles are just oversaturated?
     
  2. ashleykaryl macrumors regular

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    Is this the display of your laptop or an external one? If you've wiped everything and done a clean install on your laptop everything should be back to factory defaults, but the right way to do this is with hardware calibration, using something like a ColorMunki Display. Everything else is just guesswork and those built in profiles will become increasingly pointless as the display ages.
     
  3. lJoSquaredl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah its the laptop screen, just a year old tho I can't imagine it degrading that fast lol. Considering how much nicer and more poppy the color look in Windows boot camped tho I figured it may just be an OSX issue or something I accidentally deleted or changed. Windows on here reminds me of when I got this wide color gamut screen to begin with, while in OSX it looks pretty similar to my like 4 year old sRGB Samsung monitor, more dull and flat. Everyone recommends spending $100-200 on hardware but just wanted to check and see if there was a reason for this first since it seemed odd that Windows seems to solve it for free.
     
  4. ashleykaryl macrumors regular

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    My daughter has an MBP and it's not here at the moment to check, but I recall there was an option to make the screen less bright when powered by battery and I wonder if that is what you are seeing. I presume you've checked the settings under Display, Color and possibly energy saving.

    It seems unlikely that your one year old display would be that far gone, so I'm guessing you have a setting that is wrong somewhere or perhaps you've inadvertently lowered the screen brightness somehow. The point remains however that the standard display profiles are not really suitable if you want longterm accurate colour and that applies to Windows as well.

    A ColorMunki Smile should be enough for what you need, but if colour accuracy is genuinely important you need a good external display, because laptops have their limits.
     

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