How to Correct Color on a Television Set


New television sets come with color settings that are designed to attract the attention of potential buyers. Color settings are often set to cartoon brilliancy. Adjusting the color of the TV after purchasing will enhance the viewing experience and extend the life of the TV. Much of the proper way to adjust the colors on a TV screen actually has nothing to do with color at all, but rather the contrast and blackness levels. Adjusting all of these settings will produce the most natural-looking screen to best view movies and TV for the lighting conditions in your viewing room.

Things You'll Need

  • High contrast, widescreen movie
  • TV remote
  • Place the high-contrast movie into a DVD player. Go to a high-contrast scene, such as a scene with a lot of light and dark images in the same screen. Pause the movie. Turn the room lights to the lighting level that you usually use while watching TV or movies.

  • Adjust the black level. Turn the blackness level all the way up. Slowly turn the level back down until you can just tell the difference between the black outlines above and below the movie and the picture itself.

  • Move the picture on the screen to a screen that contains a large portion of light colors or white. Pause the movie. Push the contrast level all the way up. Gradually turn down the contrast level until all details on the screen are just visible and distinguishable from the location that you usually use to watch TV.

  • Adjust the color settings using a color of a flesh-colored facial close up. Push the color warmth all the way to the top. Turn the color redness up until the face is obviously distorted and too red or orange. Gradually turn the setting down until the skin tone looks normal. Make sure you don't turn it so far that the skin starts to look blue or green.

  • Set other controls as necessary. Keep the tint setting at the halfway point. Adjust the sharpness level to between zero and five. Text lines should appear sharp around the edges and not blurry. Turn off any edge enhancements for a more natural-looking picture.

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