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Just looking at my new iMac was giving me a headache: the "Retina" display was so high-contrast, even at the lowest contrast setting, that it was searing my retinas.

Is there a way to reduce the contrast past the lowest keyboard setting?

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Yes - by using display profiles, you can alter what absolute values the relative 100% and 0% contrast settings are. You don’t even need calibration hardware, but sometimes that helps you dial this in precisely.

  • Go to the "Color" tab of the "Display" panel of System Preferences
  • Select the display profiles, one by one to see which you prefer.

When I got to "SMPTE RP 431-2-2007-DCI (P3)," I hit PAYDIRT: contrast and saturation were down to something I could easily live with.

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  • If you really wanted to contribute, why didn't you simply add either (a) your own version of the answer as a separate answer, or (b) add comments, rather than altering my own answer almost beyond recognition? Jun 20, 2019 at 0:22

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