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Adjusting the Color on Your Monitor

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement

Wally from NC asks:

I normally use Picasa for all my photo viewing, etc. When I look at any of my photos using Windows Photo Gallery all the photos have a brown tint like ‘sepia’. Is there a setting I need to correct to fix this?

The off-color tinge is more commonly noticed by people who are using LCD flat panel displays to view their pictures. This sepia-effect happens whether you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7; it’s the LCD monitor that is throwing the color off and not the operating system being used.

Switching the LCD panel with a non-LCD screen would be the quickest way to see if the brownish tint could be eliminated. However, instead of down-grading to an older monitor, there are some steps you can take to try and remedy the discoloration.

If using Windows 7, try the following adjustments:


Step 1 – Go to the Control Panel and click on View by: to expose the drop down box


Step 2 – Scroll down and select Small Icons to view

Step 3 – Once the icons are made smaller, there should be one labeled Color Management. Click to open this new window.


Step 4 – There are tabs located at the top of this new window. Select the tab labeled Devices and then locate your monitor on the drop down box next to Device.

Step 5 – After the selection is made, you’ll want to check the box labeled Use my settings for this device.


Step 6 – Click the button labeled Add at the lower left of this Color Management window

Step 7 – A window with a list of profiles will appear. Select sRGB IEC61966-2.1 from this list and then click on the OK button.


Step 8 – Set this profile as the default option by clicking the Set as Default Profile button at the bottom right hand side of the Color Management window.


Step 9 – Close the Color Management window and reboot the computer

These 9 steps should remedy the issue of having a brownish tint on your pictures when using Photo Gallery with Windows 7.

Making a profile change in Windows Vista is very similar to the steps mentioned above. Here is a quick run-down on how to restore normal colors in Photo Gallery when an LCD monitor is being used:

Step 1 – Go to the desktop, right click, and select Personalize

Step 2 – From here, select Display Settings and click on the button labeled Advanced Settings

Step 3 – Go to the Color Management tab and click on the button labeled Color Management

Step 4 – When the drop down box is exposed, find the name of your device and click on it.

Step 5 – Click the box below the list of devices that has the words ‘Use my settings for this device’ next to it.

Step 6 – Click on the ‘Add’ button at the bottom of the screen and choose sRBG IEC61966-2.1 from the ICC profiles.

Step 7 – Once you’ve selected the proper profile, set it by clicking on the Set as Default button at the bottom of the window.

Step 8 – Keep clicking the OK button until you have exited each screen and then reboot the computer

If you aren’t able to locate the correct profile under the section for ICC Profiles, then you’ll need to download it. This profile can be downloaded from Adobe. The steps for completing this process are listed below:

Step 1 – Go to the Adobe downloads page.

Step 2 – Scroll to the very bottom of this page and locate the Adobe ICC Color Profiles under Other Downloads. You’ll need to select Windows under the Adobe ICC Color Profiles category.


Step 3 – The next page displayed will give you an option to choose which type of ICC profile download you will need; for End Users or for Bundling. Most people will select End Users.

Step 4 – Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the button labeled Accept

Step 5 – Scroll down a short ways on the page and click the ‘Proceed to Download’ button, then continue to follow the prompts.

You will be downloading a zip file that will have to be accessed through a utility or the operating system on your computer. Once this zip file has been uncompressed, select the RGB profile desired. You’ll need to right click to choose the ‘Install Profile’ menu item of your choice. This same action needs to be done in the CMYK profile folder too. You will be able to tell if the ICC profile you’ve chosen is already installed because the ‘Uninstall Menu’ will appear. Reboot the computer after making any changes.

Hopefully, these subtle changes will enable you to view photos in all of their modern bright colors, rather than vintage sepia.

~Cory Buford

One Response to “Adjusting the Color on Your Monitor”

  1. Robert Wurzburg says:

    Wow, I never would have known how to even begin looking for a fix to this
    type of problem. I regularly use an HP BriteView display notebook Windows
    XP Pro. I have a new HP 2310m just for Windows 7 I’m about to fire up with
    Professional 64 bit. Thanks for this excellent and comprehensive tip!

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