How to Adjust Color on a Projector
By Steve Lander
Manufacturers optimize projectors so that they work well without a great deal of customization, but they also give you the option to tweak your projector's performance. Settings for a projector's color and tint allow you to make up for content that is not attractively designed or to compensate for projecting on a colored surface. Most projectors let you make these changes from their onscreen menu, letting you immediately see the effect of your changes.
InFocus 1100 Series Projectors
Press the projector's "Power" button to turn it on. Wait for it to warm up and begin displaying an image.
Press the "Menu" key on the projector or the remote to activate the onscreen menu.
Press the down arrow until the "Advanced Menu" option is highlighted. Press the "Select" key, which is illustrated with a bent arrow, to activate the Advanced Menu.
Press the right arrow to highlight the "Image" menu, and then use the down arrow to highlight the "Color" option. Press the right arrow to activate the Color menu.
Use the down arrow to scroll down to the "Color" option, and then press the "Select" key to activate it.
Use the left or right arrow to decrease or increase the projector's saturation level. When satisfied, press the "Select" key to store it.
Change the tint of the image by using the arrows to navigate to the "Red Gain," "Green Gain" or "Blue Gain" option. Once you have highlighted your chosen option, press the "Select" key to activate it, use the left and right arrows to change it, and press "Select" to lock your changes.
Press the "Menu" key to exit the menu system.
Epson PowerLite 1751/1761W/1771W/1776W Projectors
Press the "Power" button on the projector to activate it. Allow the projector to warm up before proceeding.
Press the "Menu" button.
Press "Enter" to select the "Image" submenu, which should be selected. If it is not selected, use the up or down arrow to highlight "Image," and then press "Enter."
Press the down arrow repeatedly until "Color Saturation" is highlighted. Press "Enter" to select it, and then follow the prompts on the screen to adjust the intensity of the color that the projector displays. Press "Esc" when done.
Press the down arrow to highlight the "Tint" option, and then press "Enter" to select it. After adjusting it in accordance with the onscreen instructions, press "Esc" repeatedly to exit the menu system.
Dell 1610HD Projector in Video Mode
Press the "Power" button on the projector to turn it on if it is not already powered up. Since you will be using the projector's display, wait for it to warm up and start throwing an image.
Press the "Menu" button to activate the OSD menu. The Menu button is in the lower-left corner of the 1610HD's control panel, and has a marking that looks like a drop-down menu.
Use the right arrow to select the "Image" menu, and then press the "Enter" button to activate it.
Use the down arrow to scroll to the "Saturation" menu option, and then use the left or right arrow to change its value.
Press the down arrow until you highlight the "Tint" option, and then adjust it by pressing the left or right buttons.
Scroll down to the "Exit Menu" option, and then press "Enter" to select it. Continue doing this until you have completely exited the projector's menu system.
Some projectors can change their color balances to compensate for colored screen surfaces. If your projector has a screen color adjustment tool, you may be able to use it instead of adjusting the color and tint settings in its menu.
The procedures in this article work for the models specified, and may work for other, similar projectors. Refer to your projector's User's Guide to find the exact procedure to change its color.
Steve Lander has been a writer since 1996, with experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology. His work has appeared in trade publications such as the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." Lander holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia University.