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Anonymous
June 11, 2005 8:23:00 PM

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I am running Windows XP and have noticed that the pictures on web pages seem
to be way too dark. Is there anything I can do about it?
Thanks,
H.B.

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Anonymous
June 11, 2005 9:46:47 PM

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H.B. wrote:
> I am running Windows XP and have noticed that the pictures on web
> pages seem to be way too dark. Is there anything I can do about it?

If you right-click and Save As on these pictures and open them in your
favorite editing application.. Are they still dark?
If so - adjust your monitor brightness/contrast with the software and/or
hardware.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
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Anonymous
June 11, 2005 10:01:55 PM

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Yes, they are still dark when I view them in picture viewer, i.e. ACDC. What
type of software are you referring to? I have searched around looking at
trouble-shooting options and have came up with no answers.
Thanks,
H.B.

"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> H.B. wrote:
>> I am running Windows XP and have noticed that the pictures on web
>> pages seem to be way too dark. Is there anything I can do about it?
>
> If you right-click and Save As on these pictures and open them in your
> favorite editing application.. Are they still dark?
> If so - adjust your monitor brightness/contrast with the software and/or
> hardware.
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
>
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Anonymous
June 11, 2005 10:59:14 PM

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H.B. wrote:
> I am running Windows XP and have noticed that the pictures on web
> pages seem to be way too dark. Is there anything I can do about it?

Shenan Stanley wrote:
> If you right-click and Save As on these pictures and open them in
> your favorite editing application.. Are they still dark?
> If so - adjust your monitor brightness/contrast with the software
> and/or hardware.

H.B. wrote:
> Yes, they are still dark when I view them in picture viewer, i.e.
> ACDC. What type of software are you referring to? I have searched
> around looking at trouble-shooting options and have came up with no
> answers.

Usually your monitor has controls built in for contrast/brightness - just
like a television.
Also - if you have your proper video drivers from the manufacturer
installed, they usually have utilities (accessible from Control Panel ->
Display properties) for this as well.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
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Anonymous
June 13, 2005 3:28:27 PM

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On Sat, 11 Jun 2005 18:59:14 -0500, "Shenan Stanley"

>Usually your monitor has controls built in for contrast/brightness - just
>like a television.

>Also - if you have your proper video drivers from the manufacturer
>installed, they usually have utilities (accessible from Control Panel ->
>Display properties) for this as well.

What the eye craves is contrast, and so the tendency is to make things
brighter and brighter, just as it is to turn music louder and louder.

But a bright screen makes the rest of the room look dark, and a bright
CRT blasts more UV at you (other frequencies, such as X-Rays, may be
within the Recommended Daily Allowance, but a particular UV is high)

So normally what I do is turn brightness down to the point that the
glimmer on "black" vanishes *test with a full-screen Cmd prompt), then
turn up the contrast to taste.

This may still leave you with games and pictures looking "too dark",
and the best answer there is not to fiddle with brightness (washes
everything out as "too pale") or contrast (stretches the dynamic
range, making things harsher, but mid-tones still too dark).

Instead, look for a gamma control. The monitor won't have this, but
your display drivers in Windows might. What this does is change the
relationship between how dark the mid-tones are, with how dark they
appear - the normal (1.0) straight line relationship can be curved
upwards for gamma > 1.0, so that mid-tones lighten up while the blacks
and bright whites stay the same.

CRT and laptop LCDs have different gamma charactaristics, which is why
the UI greys often look nearly white on a laptop's LCD. You may well
need to compensate for CRT's typically too-dark mid-tones, which is a
problem familliar with players of Doom, Quake, etc.

You can sometimes get scientific about this, if you have a "gamma
card" dialog box to play with. This compares various mid-tones with
patterns of black and bright white, so they can be adjusted to match;
this gives a truly neutral gamma on the display, irrespective of how
skewed the actual monitor's charactaristics are.



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