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Colours extremely pale

  1. #11


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    There's not always a need for high-contrast themes but some of those variations may come in handy depending on what program you use:
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

    Good to see the issue is already solved.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by nguchiro View Post
    I fixed it finally!!!!!!

    I just Played with the GAMMA until I got the results I wanted. Now I have vibrant colours and my black desktop actually looks black and office no longer has those ugly hard to see washed out pastel horrid colours.

    Now to find a way to get rid of LIBRARIES. I have a long way before I can even get windows 8 to look like XP and windows 7 but I will persist until I tame this damn OS into submission.

    Thank God for Classic Shell

    Thank you all for your replies.
    I'm haing the same "washed out" look. When you say "played with the gamma" do you mean W8 setting or you edited the wallpaper image? I hope you can help as reading is very tough on my new system.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Ok, I found out that if I updated the driver from AMD with catalyst software, there is a gamma adjustment that's the most important part of the "calibrate colors" sequence. Still not like a CRT but the text is readable without high contrast mode.
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  4. #14


    Hi there. I too suffer from the washed-out effect. However, I am a photographer and all my monitors are carefully calibrated to display images correctly. Messing with gamma etc is out of the question as it would then be impossible for me to visually adjust my images to the correct levels for display on other screens or at the printers.

    Although I am maybe not the usual type of user, I can't be unique! I must say that the text is great, even better than Win8.0
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  5. #15


    PS Just a note about Themes. These do not change the paleness at all. for example, on my monitor, a text entry box is white on white and almost invisible. This is the same on all themes. Something like windowblinds is needed so I'll give that a go but although I own a copy, I find it flaky.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Since I did color calibration it has improved. Waterfox I could not even read the ribbon menu before. But still many sites are hard to read. For instance this forum I can read with the light background forum themes. But it;s much easier if I use a dark and then set unvisited links to white and visited links to gold in Waterfox/Firefox. Also I can watch flash video and it looks pretty normal. No green skin tones.


    edit: hmm, does not really work. If you check to allow sites to use thier own colors, you cannot override the link colors. If you uncheck that option then it does whatever you have set as background color instead of the theme. No way to get best of both worlds? There should be a separate option "allow sites to choose their own backgrounds." Maybe that's tricky to implement? But I digress I guess.
    Last edited by MilesAhead; 23 Oct 2013 at 10:04.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Wait! Don't Go Away --- Explain Your Answer


    The contrast problem you solved is exactly what is driving me nuts on my computer. Would you explain what you meant by "playing with GAMMA"? Also, you credit Classic Shell, but was Classic Shell part of the answer? I can't find a reference to either GAMMA or solving a contrast problem using Classic Shell.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Nguchiro's problem is exactly mine as well. He solved it by adjusting what he called GAMMA. Can someone guide me into using the same method? Where do I find a GAMMA adjustmet on my Dell computer with Windows 8.1 and NVIDIA geForce GT635 display card? Thanks for the help!
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