My professor thinks people are stupid, not all of humanity, just 93% of them–that all! I on the other hand think iMacs are stupid–yes I know, how can computers be stupid?–they just come stupid. It takes one of us, humans, to make them better, and this rant is due to the extreme brightness that comes from the Retina Display iMac screen. Penetrating straight through my eyes, right to the noggin, which is not a pleasant feeling. My eyes are of a light green color and are sensitive to strong arrays of light, such as those that come from the iMac Retina Display models. The computer screen is not in charge of us, we are in-charge of the computer screen.
Usually this would be the moment I introduce the app that you download to make this solution feasible–we will not bow down to the “man” and give our 99 cents or our $2.99 for a download–us humans are capable of using our smarts to configure it manually, via System Preferences. Another solution that I’ve seen people use was the Innovera Protective Anti-Glare Monitor Filter, which is a material that will give your screen a darker shade. The material takes away from the experience that the iMac has to offer, tainting color and giving an offside perception when working long hours in-front of the screen (personal opinion). The solution that I found most cost effective (“free nine nine”) and most time efficient (immediate satisfaction) is to take that mouse and whip it real good all the way up, to the left of your iMac screen–you will see the famous Apple logo, click it!
To make this nice and easy for my fellow sensitive eyed humans, here are the following steps in order:
Step 1: Make sure System Preference window is visible. See FIGURE 1.
Step 2: Click on Displays
Step 3: You will be faced with a window that is titled “iMac”, with three main options–Display, Arrangements and Color. Click on Color.
Step 4: Then you will be faced with a window that provides “Display Profiles”. Click through the profiles to see the best tint for your eyes.
There is more. Let’s say all those Display Profiles are not good enough, part of our chemical make-up is that, nothing is ever good enough- no need to start changing now! There are blogs and comments that have to be written and logged into your wiki’s. Let’s get on with the extra customization that Apple’s OS grants us access to. In order to reach this window, you must start from Step 3, the following steps for an accurate transition:
Step 1: Make sure this window is visible. (Step 3, from list above)
Step 2: Click on “Calibrate”.
Step 3: You will be faced with this window, click “Continue”
Step 4: Use the white point to adjust the perfect tint shade for your eyes. D50 and D65 are most commonly used, that’s why they are noted.
Step 5: Click “Continue” after finding your sweet spot.
Step 6: You will be on the “Name” section of the process, come up with a name for this custom setting and type it in.
Step 7: Click “Continue”, until your reach “Conclusion”.
Step 8: Click “Done”.
My personal preference is to take the white point all the way to the left, under 5000 and it gives it a very yellowish tint, that is really easy on the eyes. I am convinced that I might be half alien or vampire, because in night my eyes like a much cooler color and therefore I have a night setting at the 9300 mark (taking the white point all the way to the right). The cool blue is helpful, it allows my eyes to refocus, instead of being dazed by the same tint for continuous hours of work on the iMac. It all goes down to personal preference, some will enjoy having one setting to use all the time and others will like to have multiple settings for different tasks or scenarios. A major part of creating rich content is to have comfort while creating it, the human brain works 365 days a year, 24 hours a day–help it out, will ya!