macbook screen not contrast-y?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sophisaur, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. sophisaur macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2006
    Hi, as a graphic artist, I've noticed that a photo on my Macbook screen that looks normal looks very very contrasted and darker on the monitor of a PC. So when I edit photos, I tend to make them the right amount of contrast, but they look really contrasted on others' monitors. Is there some sort of option to make the screen on my mac more contrasted? Has anyone else noticed this or is it only my mac?
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Mac's have a default gamma of 1.8, vs. 2.2 for PCs. I find 1.8 is much, much closer to "reality" (and Epson Photo printer(s)). Using default Color LCD profile (just haven't spent the time to create a calibrated profile that ends up as close).
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Odd, but I find the default mac gamma of 1.8 to be far too washed out to be useable. As a matter of fact, the absolute first thing I do when I reinstall OSX is to get the gamma to 2.2 to make things looks "normal" (in my eyes at least).

    For the original poster, calibrate the display and set the gamma to 2.2 (without making any other changes). That should give you the extra contrast boost you are looking for.
  4. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    1.8 is the standard for print. I would use the calibrator software, or buy a hardware one (which you should use if you are a graphical artist, most graphical artists have them, so ask a colleague).

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