How to Adjust Mac Color Profile and Make Colors Look More Vibrant on Display

Uzair Ghani
Posted Nov 28, 2016
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Here’s how you can adjust your Mac color profile for the display and make everything look more saturated and vibrant.

Get a More Vibrant Color Feel on Your Mac’s Display By Adjusting its Color Profile

Every single Mac ships with a gorgeous display (except for Mac mini and Mac Pro, of course). And each and every single one of them is tuned at the assembly lineup so that you get the best possible color output when viewing photos, videos, etc. But did you know you can actually get more out of your Mac’s display in terms of color? Yes, you can. This is achieved by adjusting its color profile. The best part: you can revert things back to how they were instantly without much fuss at all.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into action.

Adjust Mac Color Profile Tutorial

1. First and foremost open System Preferences on your Mac. You can either do this by clicking on its icon in your Dock or by clicking on the ‘Apple’ logo icon in menu bar, then selecting System Preferences.

2. Now click on Displays. The option is in the second row of icons.

3. Click on the Color tab at the top.

4. Over here you’ll see a bunch of display profiles for your Mac. If you do not see anything at all, then uncheck the ‘Show profiles for this display only’ option, if it’s enabled in the first place.

5. Select the display profile labeled ‘Generic RGB Profile.’ Once done, simply close the Displays option window.

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From here on in, you’ll notice more vibrant colors in every corner of your Mac. But there’s a slight downside to this option though. You won’t experience high brightness as you would on the default profile. If this is a cause of concern for you, then simply follow the steps above and select the top-most default Mac color profile from the list.

You also have the option to calibrate the display on your own if you so desire. Simply click on the Calibrate button and follow the on-screen instructions presented to you. But I would highly recommend sticking to one of the default profiles as they get the job done in a swift manner. Nonetheless, the choice is completely yours which route you want to take.

If you have absolutely no clue about color profiles and use your Mac as a normal person would on a day to day basis, then do not tinker around with color profiles at all. The default setting out of the box is more than enough for a lot of people.

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