As we know, millions of people around the world work and relax in front of a computer or TV screen, and therefore it’s very important to establish a comfortable environment for these activities. If you use a Mac, this article will help you calibrate your monitor screen to have comfortable light and contrast. Also, if you design or draw using a monitor, it’s very important that you know how to adjust the color rendering of your monitor.
How to calibrate Mac’s monitor
If you need to calibrate the color reproduction of your monitor, it will be quite easy. Just go to System Preferences > Displays > Color. Then press the Calibrate button and the Option key at the same time. For better color tuning, allow at least half an hour for your monitor to warm up and your color gamut to adjust properly.
A more detailed guide will help you do everything step by step and not get lost in the settings:
- Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen
- Then select System Preferences
- Next, click Displays. Once done it will open up the Built-in Display menu for non-Retina models or the Retina Display menu for Retina models. The menu opens automatically by default next to the Display tab
- After that select the Color tab. You will notice this tab at the top of the window
- Then press the Calibrate button while holding down the Option key on your keyboard. This way you can use the Apple Display Calibrator Assistant in Expert Mode. Expert Mode, on the other hand, gives you the ability to adjust colors manually and with more functionality
- Then click Continue as soon as you have completed all the necessary settings. If you’re unable to access the Apple Display Calibrator Assistant, you should try the previous step again and make sure to hit the Option key while clicking the Calibrate button
- Nest is to set up Native Gamma. For a better result, while adjusting your monitor you better squint or move at least three feet away from your display. Try to adjust the left slider until the brightness of the Apple logo matches the background. After that, adjust the right slider until the shape of the Apple logo is neutral compared to the background
- Click Continue and you will be asked to repeat the last step four more times. Don’t worry, it won’t take long but repeating this step helps determine your display’s native luminance response curves
- Nest step is setting up Target Gamma. This setting lets you customize the overall contrast of your display. By following the instructions and the assistant you will be asked to check the picture to the right of the menu and spot the difference of contrast options that will affect the display. You will also see the numerical gamma level after the Use native gamma checkbox. Use the slider to adjust the contrast to your liking. All of these changes can be seen on your display when setting up in real time
Note: It’s recommended to stick to the standard gamma level of 2.2 if you’re using your Mac for websites, PowerPoint presentations, and video games. However, if you work in design or if you need to view a picture that will be sent to print and will be printed on high-end machines, it’s best to set the contrast to 1.8
- Choose a white point. And this is the place where you’re able to customize the overall color tint of your display. As a default, the checkbox for Use native white point is enabled. To adjust setting for your needs, uncheck the box, then choose a white point by moving the slider around. There are also three standard white point presets of D50, D65, and 9300 that you can choose
- Configure Administrator options. If you have administrator rights, you can decide whether you will allow other users to see the display with the calibrated settings. If you want to do this, check the tick box for Allow other users to use this calibration. Otherwise, leave it unchecked
- Save and give a name your Display profile. In case you want to save the calibration settings, you can assign a name to it. The next time you won’t have to set everything from the beginning, simply look for it from the Display pane in the Color tab
- Check your Profile Summary. The Display Assistant will give you a brief note of your calibrated settings in the Conclusion tab. You can select Go Back if you want to change a setting. Otherwise, click on Done to close the calibrator
And that is all on how to adjust your monitor and make it comfortable for your purposes and work in general. Moreover, it can help your eyesight and in general, you will be less tired at work or play with the proper monitor settings.