Glossary Definition for Gamma Correction

Glossary Term: Gamma Correction 

Definition

The application of a function that transforms brightness or luminance values. Gamma functions are usually nonlinear but monotonic and designed to affect the highlights (whitest values), midtones (grayscale), and shadows (dark areas) separately.

Most commonly applied to make a light-emitting device, such as a display, match the human eye's brightness curve. In other terms: A gamma correction function can be used to alter the luminance (light intensity) of a display such that its brightness (the human-perceived values) looks correct.

Synonyms
  • gamma
  • gamma compensation
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