TIP: "Kick ass!" How to display color while viewing your monitor in negative mode

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  1. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    The negative mode I'm referring to is as follows:

    System Preferences > Universal Access > Switch to White on Black

    All right. Now here comes the fun part...Make sure your monitor is set with Black on White (i.e. this text is black). Then perform the following process (read first):

    (1) Point your mouse directly above the "Set Display to Grayscale" option, and relax it on the left side of the "Switch to Black on White" option. Click the option.

    (2) Just as the screen switches, click on the "Set Display to Grayscale" option. Now you have a black on white negative AND color.

    (3) Go to System Preferences > Displays > Colors: Set to Millions.

    I just tried this with Jaguar 10.2.8, I'm not sure if this will work on Panther.

    Now take a look on MacRumors, your computer, iChat, your dock icons, the three buttons on the upper left corner of each window (oooh, cyan blue and purple), go nuts.
  2. hobbes3113 macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2002
  3. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    You can sure scares the hell out of some one if you mess up their computer like that:D
  4. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Re: TIP: "Kick ass!" How to display color while viewing your monitor in negative mode

    Can you clarify? i don't understand the "point your mouse..." do you just point, or click, or what? i can't get it to work, i must be doing something wrong...

  5. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    anyone care to post a screenshot? i can't get to my 'book for a few days and am interested in seeing what this looks like.
  6. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    whoa... this is freaky. :D

    i got it to work. all you do is click the 'set display to greyscale', then click 'switch to black on white' (or whatever it says at the time.) and then click 'set display to greyscale' again.

    three simplie clicks, and so much weirdness and fun!! :D

    this ought to be a good trick to pull on people.... does anyone know if this would keep the settings if you rebooted? i'm thinking that it would...;) :D

    ok, here's a screencap from my PB:

    oh, i just switched back to normal and you can't view the screencap of the black on white with colour mode.

    i guess the white on black thing just changes the output to the monitor, not what goes into the monitor from the comp, so i don't think you'll be able to get a screencap. somone could take a photo though...

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  7. G5orbust macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002

    I got the same result. Guess its just a superficial thing, not an actual, redrawing modification of the screen's image.
  8. King Cobra thread starter macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    Yeah, the screen captures will not carry the negative monitor view. You still have to manually invert the captured image back to negative with Photoshop.

    Or you could just take a normal image and invert it without having to change your monitor.

    pnw: "point your mouse [somewhere]" should actually be "point your cursor", and I meant that the cursor should be positioned [somewhere], but do not click. Either way, did you get it to work?

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