How to enable color on a webcam

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How to enable color on a webcam
While not known for quality, webcams allow users to take pictures and communicate through video. (NA/ Images)

Maybe you're preparing to take a few pictures with your webcam, or maybe you're planning on chatting with someone on Skype -- either way, you need picture quality to be great. The problem? When you start your webcam, the image is in black and white, even though you know your webcam is capable of producing colour images. Depending on your webcam, there are two possible problems: either colour isn't enabled, or your saturation setting is wrong.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start," "All Programs," then select your webcam from the list that appears.

  2. 2

    Click "Settings." Depending on your webcam, this may be under the "Tools" or "Options" menu, or it may be on the main screen, usually using the image of some sort of gear or wrench.

  3. 3

    Click "Enable Color" or unclick "Black and White." Again, this depends on your webcam. If there is no colour or black and white option, you'll need to modify the saturation.

  4. 4

    Change the saturation. Usually you can find your image saturation in the same place as your image brightness. If your saturation level is at "0," that means all of the colour has been removed from the image. Enter in a higher saturation number (50 is usually the default),

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