In previous macOS, when you used the Invert Colors feature (Preferences > Accessibility > Display > Invert Colors), all the colors on the screen would become inverted, including images, so a page like this one would look like this:

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Note the image has blue tones and the rolling dice is black at the top

In recent macOS (I use Mojave), a feature called "Smart Invert" makes it now impossible to invert images on a webpage. The same page would now look like this:

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Note how the dice and the image on the right have "normal" colors - and not the top left logo for some mysterious reason

How does one disable the so-called "Smart" part of the invert? It simply doesn't work for anyone trying to invert images, which a lot of people deal with very often, whether in the art world, historical research or any other photography-related fields. Besides, "Dark Mode" already does that.

How do I quickly invert images on my display?

  • I'm wondering this too, I'm sure it's just a plist option or something, it's frustrating no one else seems to have found a fix.
    – Patronics
    Oct 22, 2020 at 3:53

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I noticed the issue you were facing - it seems to happen on Safari. Have you thought about trying Firefox? It seems to not "Smart invert" on Firefox from what I can tell.

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