Change Your Display’s Gamma to Match Snow Leopard

June 12th, 2009

Apple / Mac, Miscellaneous

One of the smaller refinements included with Snow Leopard will be the changing of the default gamma level from 1.8 to 2.2, which is the default for TVs and the current standard for Windows. Gamma affects the contrast on your screen; a higher level means higher contrast. To get the higher gamma level in Leopard, all you have to do is:

1. Open system preferences and click on the Displays icon.

2. Switch to the Colors tab and click the Calibrate button.

3. Keep clicking Continue until you reach “Target Gamma” and switch it to 2.2 Television Gamma.

4. Keep clicking through unless you want to alter some other settings.

Here’s a comparison between the two settings:

1.8 Gamma

1.8 Gamma


2.2 Gamma

The 2.2 setting is darker and more crisp, at least to my eyes.

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5 Responses to “Change Your Display’s Gamma to Match Snow Leopard”

  1. Greg

    Wow, very sexy. The colors pop now! :D

  2. Rahul

    Cheers! :)

    Now when i compare the the old setting everything looks washed out..

  3. Alex

    I’ve hooked my hackbook up to a monitor with no problems before. It should work.

  4. nickstobie

    my dell screen cracked today and i have a huge video project on it thats due tomorrow. i NEED IT NOW! can i hook my dell up to another monitor. im pretty sure that u cant do that on hackbooks but i really need to know if theres a way

  5. Richard

    Very nice! It has increased the contrast of my screen verses the Adobe one I’ve been using since who knows when.