Shades Feature Request

21 Votes

Individual overlay

  • Status: Under Review

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Hi!
It would be nice to have an individual "overlay" to compensate illuminating errors. For example, my Imac 24 ist darker on the right side than on the left. An individual overlay which is darker on the left side would compensate this...

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Submitted by Marco at 7:43pm on 03 Apr 2007

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Interesting idea. It should be possible to use a gradient overlay that's darker on one side than the other. The only issue would be how to provide a user interface for controlling it.

Posted by Nick at 10:06pm on 03 Apr 2007

Yes, that's a good feature request. I think the overlay could be an png? However, it could be perfect for older monitors which have illumination errors or color errors, too..!!

Posted by Frank at 8:07pm on 17 Apr 2007

would like to see that feature too. Maybe the overlay could be a self painted png what covers the illumination errors?

Posted at 06:22am on 17 Aug 2007

The luminance gradient on the new 24 inch iMacs appears to be almost linear, right to left, on my sample, and brightest on the left side. Mine is about 1.5 times brighter on the left than the right. There are many people gripping about this now on the forums.

Posted at 9:03pm on 01 Sep 2007

It seems to me that a gradient correction would be something you would want to do only once, and therefore it seems appropriate for the preferences pane. On-screen controls would not be required because this is not something one would want to constantly adjust like you would with brightness in response to varying ambient lighting conditions.

Posted by Richard at 02:11am on 02 Sep 2007

I have a uneven color balance (left 6500K middle 6300K) Please add a feature to allow a custom PNG for dimming. So each user can paint his own pic as required.

Posted by Ralph at 09:55am on 05 Sep 2007

Would love the option to have a custom screen mask that would compensate for brightness fall-off at the left and right edges of my new iMac. I think the implementation of the actual mask would be up to the end user, since you wouldn't be able to predict what's needed for individual machines. The method you use to tone down the screen sounds like it would be ideal for this purpose. Thanks!

Posted by mjm at 5:12pm on 05 Sep 2007

On this Aluminum iMac there is gradient brightness fall-off bottom to top: noticeably brighter at the bottom than the top of the screen. Hope this will be possible to adjust.

Posted by Dennis Hill at 3:27pm on 07 Sep 2007

The ultra-deluxe left-to-right gradient is standard equipment only on the new 24" iMacs;
the down-market 20" iMac gets a stylish, but more economical, top-to-bottom gradient.

No extra charge, in either case.

Posted at 11:14pm on 25 Sep 2007

I agree! This feature would be excellent/ I've manage to create a 1920x1200 image in photoshop that evens out the left-right gradient issue, and would also compensate for the slighly more yellowing of the screen.

Since it probably would be unique to each mac, I second the PNG idea - but it would require users to have a paint program which not everyone does. A suggested alternative might be a gradation box similar to that of the "gradient" palettes in illustrator or photoshop that spans the entire length of the screen, with two points on either end - 1 for left side, 1 for right side. A middle slider control could then allow you to move the center point of the gradient to visually adjust the gradient to the correct position based on how the dropoff starts on their screen. A vertical or horizontal option could allow for the different 20" and 24" problems.

Posted at 06:05am on 07 Oct 2007

First off - thank you for this great piece of software! To further the request from several other users, a gradient option would be incredibly useful to all of us suffering the dreaded 24" imac "right side is darker than left side" problems.I've manage to create a 1920x1200 image in photoshop that visually evens out the screen brightness, and also compensate for the slight hue difference as well.

A suggested user interface might be a gradation box similar to that of the "gradient" palettes in illustrator or photoshop that spans the entire length of the screen, with a brightness control slider on each end - 1 for left side, 1 for right side. A middle slider control point could then allow you visually adjust the gradient to the correct position based on where the dropoff starts on their screen. A vertical or horizontal orientation option could allow for the different 20" and 24" problems.

Posted at 06:16am on 07 Oct 2007

The gradient option is a good idea, and something that I hope to include in a future release of Shades.

Posted by Nick at 7:57pm on 10 Oct 2007

I definitely vote for this one having the same gradient problem with my Imac. It is the third time that I change it with the apple care and the problem was on the three!!! This software solution is THE solution, no doubt about it!
I hope this great feature will be soon available.

Thanks in advance

Posted by iolo at 9:10pm on 06 Nov 2007

It'll be great, have same gradient issue with my Imac 24" alu (brighter at left).
A png at the screen resolution will be nice to really fine solve the luminance gradient but too the color gradient, to correct also the yellowish gradient (the center of my screen is yellow and the border whiter)

Posted at 3:11pm on 07 Nov 2007

Thanks for the great app

It will be really good a gradient overlay,
Maybe it will corret the teribble apple error in their new line of 20' iMac,
that has a BIG diference between top and bottom luminance (bottom is significantly washed)

Posted by Oloum at 6:43pm on 07 Nov 2007

Unfortunately I wasn't able to include this feature for 1.2b1, however it will definitely be included in next major release.

Posted by Nick at 11:50pm on 21 Nov 2007

Yes, Shades is a great app. I too look forward to the individual overlay option to help solve my 24" iMac's gradient screen issue. Hopefully, it will allow me to create my own png file in Photoshop.

At the risk of seeming impatient, I really hope this feature will be implemented soon, i.e., within the next few weeks, not months.

Posted by John at 11:16pm on 11 Dec 2007

I can't wait â be patient â can't wait â be patient...

See similar request:
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6318144

as part of this thread:
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1093045&tstart=0
Meanwhile already 25,298 views counted on January 23, 2008!

If it is indeed possible to implement the individual overlay feature, a lot of people will be very happy and grateful. Including me and my wife. We own two alu iMacs 24" with left-right illumination problems.

Posted by Leander at 11:41am on 23 Jan 2008

I would greatly appreciate this new feature. My new imac's luminance/gradient problem is just way too distracting. Thanks for your hard work.

Posted by mido at 6:49pm on 24 Feb 2008

Any new info about this feature? It would really be a great oneâ¦

Posted at 10:59pm on 17 Mar 2008

How about doing an individual (!), 100% precise matrix for LCD\'s (..and later maybe even use it to hardware color calibrate without buying a dedicated colorimeter) at the same time ?!

Use a quality dslr camera with all manual color temperature, f-stop and shutter speed.
Shoot a \'shades grey target image\' of the display in total darkness ( or use maybe something like \'piXel check\' ) and \'feed\' it as a.png with the excact pixel count to shades!?!?

Combine this with your general, even shading mask and you\'ll be \'in business\' ;-)

Posted by maston at 10:23pm on 06 May 2008

Just wanted to say how thrilled I am that this update is on the cards. I've just come home with a new iMac, and I've been really annoyed by the gradient present on the screen (bright on the left side, dark on the right).

This individual gradient solution would be absolutely perfect, I can't wait until it's released. Thanks for all your work : )

Posted by David at 12:40pm on 18 May 2008

Hi,

Thanks for Shades !

What about this overlay PNG feature ? It important to get the possibilty to make my one overlay in photoshop ! It's because my iMac24' have bright bug but also color balance bug ! So please !!! :)

Posted by Vincent at 12:16pm on 27 May 2008

This feature is an absolute must for the next release. There are so many unhappy iMac users out there (myself included), and adding this feature would make all of our worries disappear. I for one will most certainly make a PayPal donation if this feature gets added.

Posted by Shawn at 02:14am on 31 May 2008

"I for one will most certainly make a PayPal donation if this feature gets added."

absolutely !

Posted by Vincent at 08:40am on 08 Jun 2008

"There are so many unhappy iMac users out there (myself included), and adding this feature would make all of our worries disappear."

This is an unreasonable expectation. The gradient on my 24 inch iMac is not linear. I don't think it's linear on any other 24 inch iMac. Set your desktop to light gray and take a good look if you don't believe me.

Adding a linear gradient overlay that doesn't EXACTLY match the screen irregularities will introduce new irregularities. Instead of light on the left side and dark on the right you will get wavy bands of light and dark throughout the width of the screen.

The problem is real, but Shades is not the magic fix. Apple has been putting out these mildly defective screens for quite a while now. Put pressure on Apple to fix this instead of the developer of Shades.

Posted by Bruce McL at 6:56pm on 15 Jun 2008

Are you sure that Apple has putting out these bad screens ? ???

What do you suggest to do to force Apple to recognise the problem and accept to change the bad screen for free ?

Posted by Vincent at 2:28pm on 18 Jun 2008

Thanks for your job
I have same gradient issue with my Imac 24\" alu (brighter at left), if you can correct also the yellowish gradient (the center of my screen is yellow)it would be great

Posted by bernard at 5:58pm on 25 Jun 2008

up
thank you

Posted by bernard at 10:09am on 22 Apr 2009

yes, please, i\'m waiting
can i help in the meanwhile?

Posted at 3:07pm on 29 Nov 2009

yes it would be fantastic

one little question, since when it says "coming soon" ??

is it really coming :)

Posted at 11:45pm on 30 Nov 2009

Let me thank you for such a wonderful program. It is simple and it is useful. But gradient and individual overlay is a natural feature to be included. Let the lord illuminate your mind and body.

Posted by giacomo at 2:19pm on 02 Dec 2009

good idea!

does anyone knows if this feature can be found in some other software?

where?

Posted by lorenzo at 5:38pm on 04 Dec 2009

is someone reading this???? hello??

Posted at 12:37pm on 08 Dec 2009

i couldn\'t find anything similar to shades, this program is fantastic.
but this little upgrade will make it even better.

Posted by richard at 1:56pm on 13 Dec 2009

UNDER REVIEW FOREVER???????

Posted by Jonatan at 11:58am on 19 Dec 2009

Dear All,
Charcoal Design has stopped support on shades. It will no longer be updated or improved.
Best wishes,
Andrew Taylor

Posted by Charcoal Design's staff at 6:08pm on 20 Dec 2009

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