Gamma measures the brightness of midtone values produced by a device (often a monitor). A higher gamma value yields an overall darker image. Windows systems use a higher gamma value than Mac OS systems, with the result that the same image is noticeably darker on a Windows system than on a Mac OS system.
Designers, particularly those who use Mac OS systems to create images that will be viewed primarily on Windows systems, must consider the issue of cross-platform gamma. You can modify the gamma value of an image to compensate for the differences between Windows and Mac OS monitors.
Note: The Gamma dialog box modifies the pixel values in an image. By contrast, the View > Preview commands adjust the appearance of the image on your monitor but do not change the image's pixel values.
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