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Best Picture Settings for your LG 4K or 4K OLED - TV

Operation TV Audio Video Accessories, TVs Last Updated 05/10/2018
Best Picture Settings for your LG 4K or 4K OLED - TV

To access the picture settings, select Menu > Settings > More > Picture

The following video will give you a general preview of each setting, for more information on each setting, see the Definitions Tab

Note: Beyond the capabilities of the TV, room lighting, screen reflectance, picture settings and the content itself all affect the actual picture you see on screen.

Your new LG TV settings will be set to the factory defaults, but to get the most out of your TV, you are able to improve those settings depending on the environment its in as well as your personal taste.

Below are the recommended picture mode settings for different lighting environments:

Setting
(Mode)
Natural Light
(Vivid)
Artificial Light
(Standard)
Dark Room
(Cinema)

Backlight / OLED LIGHT

100

80

80

Contrast

100

85

85

Brightness

50

50

50

Sharpness

30

25

10

Color

70

50

50

Tint

0

0

0

Color Temperature

C50

C20

0

Note: Feel free to modify any of the settings to your preference.

Backlight: Controls the level of screen brightness by adjusting the back light. The closer to 100 the brighter. For those who have their TV in a dark room or basement, this setting won’t need to be terribly high. For those in brighter rooms, more backlight intensity will be desired. Try to avoid making this adjustment while sun is shining directly on the screen, as this will result in an unnaturally high setting. Instead, make your adjustments when room light is at its average for when you watch, and pick a program or movie scene with a lot of white in it, a daylight scene on a snow-covered mountain, for example. If after watching the scene for 10 minutes you begin to squint, the backlight is too strong. Reduce the backlight and repeat until you are happy.

  • Decrease the Backlight to reduce energy consumption and to reduce eyestrain.

  • Depending on the Energy Saving (Auto / Maximum), you may not be able to adjust the Backlight.

    In this case, navigate to Settings > More > Picture > Energy Saving and set Energy Saving to OFF or Minimum.

Contrast: is the difference between the brightest image a TV can create and the darkest. The closer to 100, the higher the contrast will be. Ultimately, your contrast setting will come down to personal preference, but we advise that you resist the urge to simply jack the contrast up. Find a scene with a bright, white image in it and hit the pause button. Adjust the contrast to the point where the white object is bright, but still contains detail and crisp edges. A good starting place is the halfway mark. From there you should have no problem finding the setting that suits you.

Note: You may have to bounce back and forth between the contrast and brightness settings to find the optimum combination.

Brightness: Adjusts the overall screen brightness. The closer to 100, the brighter the screen will become. Setting the brightness too high will result in grayed out blacks and a loss of dimension. When brightness is set too low, you will lose detail in dark areas of the screen (called clipping). The easiest way to adjust the brightness is to use the black letterbox bars at the top and bottom of a movie. These bars are meant to be dead black, and will usually be darker than the black background often found in movie credits. Pause on your scene of choice and turn the brightness up until the letterbox bars appear grey. Then, reduce the brightness just until the black bars are totally black.

Note: You may have to bounce back and forth between the contrast and brightness settings to find the optimum combination.

Sharpness: Adjusts the sharpness of the image. The closer to 50, the sharper and clearer the image will be. You can play around with this setting by pausing your source on a scene that provides lots of straight lines; for instance, a scene with lots of buildings or other uniform shapes like stadium bleachers. If you turn the sharpness to its maximum, you should notice that the straight lines will become jagged. This is the TV introducing artifacts to the image that shouldn’t be there. Reduce the sharpness to a point where the edges appear clean and straight, then let it be.

V Sharpness:Adjusts the sharpness of the contrast edge in the vertical direction.

H Sharpness: Adjusts the sharpness of the contrast edge in the horizontal direction.

Color: Tones down or up the colors displayed on the screen. The closer to 100 the deeper the color. Without a calibration disc and an optical filter (or the ability to defeat the red and green output of the television) it can be tough to know if you’ve got the color just right. Just how green should a leaf look, anyway? For this reason, a calibration disc is highly recommended to achieve the most accurate color settings. We do have a couple of tricks to offer, though. First, find out if your TV offers a color-temperature adjustment. Settings for color temperature are usually expressed in terms of cool or warm. Choose the warmest setting you have available to you as a starting point. From there, find a scene with plenty of faces in it, then press pause. Turn the color all the way up and notice how it appears everyone has jaundice or a fresh sunburn. You don’t want that. Now, turn the color nearly all the way down and notice how everyone looks as if they belong in the morgue. You don’t want that either. Now adjust the color back up until faces look natural. Each person’s face should have its own distinct hue. If it looks like real skin tone, you’ll know you’ve gotten close.

Tint: Adjusts the color balance between red and green displayed on the screen. The closer to Red 50, the redder the color will be. The closer to Green 50, the greener the color will be.

  • Color Temperature: Adjusts the color temperature from cold to warm.

    • The settings you specify only applies to the currently selected input mode.

    • Depending upon the input signal or the selected picture mode, the available options may differ.

    • The configurable items differ depending upon model.

    • Smart picture mode allows you to pick from a series of default settings that LG has pre programed into the TV. Each with its unique set up to give you the best performance depending on what you are rendering on the TV.

      Note:

      - If you enable this feature, you cannot set Picture Mode manually.

      - Only available with digital broadcasts.

      - Channels connected to the COMPONENT IN and HDMI IN do not support Smart Picture Mode.

      Select the picture mode that is best suited to your viewing environment, preferences or video type.

      • Vivid: Sharpens the image by increasing the contrast, brightness and sharpness.

      • Standard: Displays the picture with normal contrast, brightness and sharpness levels.

      • APS: (Auto Power Saving) This mode reduces power consumption by using dimming control.

      • Cinema: Optimizes the screen for movies.

      • Sports / Soccer: Optimizes the screen for sports games. Sharpens the image of rapid movements such as kicking or throwing a ball. The name of the sport may differ depending on region.

      • Game: Optimizes the screen for game play.

      • HDR Effect This feature lets you enjoy a more dynamic, clearer image by correcting the light and dark areas of the display. This feature provides a realistic image, even when the source image’s gradation level is high.

        If you set Picture Mode to HDR Effect, you will not be able to use some of Picture Mode Settings.

      • Photo: [Ultra HD model only]

        This mode is optimized for viewing pictures. It displays photos smoothly while minimizing the loss of the original photo quality.

      • Technicolor Expert: Colors optimized by Technicolor’s renowned color scientists, who work on Hollywood’s premium content.

      • Expert (Bright Room) / Expert (Dark Room): Allows an expert, or anyone who loves picture quality, to tune to the best picture quality. This option is an adjustment menu provided for ISF-certified picture quality tuning experts. (The ISF logo can only be used in connection with an ISF-certified TV.)

        ISFccc: Imaging Science Foundation Certified Calibration Control

      Note:

      - If an HDR / Dolby Vision video signal is input to the TV but does not support the HDR / Dolby Vision technology, the TV will only display normal signal picture mode options.

      - The configurable items differ depending upon model or country.

      - Depending upon the input signal, the available picture modes may be different.

      - When watching on line service content, the Picture Mode may be changed to match the content being shown.

      - Expert is an option that allows a picture quality expert to fine-tune the quality of the standard picture. Thus, it may not be effective for a normal picture.

      - Picture Mode changes may modify Energy Saving and Motion Eye Care settings and it can affect energy consumption. You can adjust their settings manually in the Energy Saving and Picture Options menu.

    • This feature allows you to adjust the selected picture mode in detail.

      • Backlight / OLED LIGHT:: Controls the level of screen brightness by adjusting the back light. The closer to 100 the brighter. For those who have their TV in a dark room or basement, this setting won’t need to be terribly high. For those in brighter rooms, more backlight intensity will be desired. Try to avoid making this adjustment while sun is shining directly on the screen, as this will result in an unnaturally high setting. Instead, make your adjustments when room light is at its average for when you watch, and pick a program or movie scene with a lot of white in it — a daylight scene on a snow-covered mountain, for example. If after watching the scene for 10 minutes you begin to squint, the backlight is too strong. Reduce the backlight and repeat until you are happy.

        • Decrease the Backlight to reduce energy consumption and to reduce eyestrain.

        • Depending on the Energy Saving (Auto / Maximum), you may not be able to adjust the Backlight.

          In this case, navigate to Settings > More > Picture > Energy Saving and set Energy Saving to OFF or Minimum.

      • Contrast: is the difference between the brightest image a TV can create and the darkest. The closer to 100, the higher the contrast will be. Ultimately, your contrast setting will come down to personal preference, but we advise that you resist the urge to simply jack the contrast up. Find a scene with a bright, white image in it and hit the pause button. Adjust the contrast to the point where the white object is bright, but still contains detail and crisp edges. A good starting place is the halfway mark. From there you should have no problem finding the setting that suits you.

      • Brightness: Adjusts the overall screen brightness. The closer to 100, the brighter the screen will become. Setting the brightness too high will result in grayed out blacks and a loss of dimension. When brightness is set too low, you will lose detail in dark areas of the screen (called clipping). The easiest way to adjust the brightness is to use the black letterbox bars at the top and bottom of a movie. These bars are meant to be dead black, and will usually be darker than the black background often found in movie credits. Pause on your scene of choice and turn the brightness up until the letterbox bars appear grey. Then, reduce the brightness just until the black bars are totally black.

      • Note: You may have to bounce back and forth between the contrast and brightness settings to find the optimum combination.

      • Sharpness: Adjusts the sharpness of the image. The closer to 50, the sharper and clearer the image will be. You can play around with this setting by pausing your source on a scene that provides lots of straight lines; for instance, a scene with lots of buildings or other uniform shapes like stadium bleachers. If you turn the sharpness to its maximum, you should notice that the straight lines will become jagged. This is the TV introducing artifacts to the image that shouldn’t be there. Reduce the sharpness to a point where the edges appear clean and straight, then let it be.

      • V Sharpness:Adjusts the sharpness of the contrast edge in the vertical direction.

      • H Sharpness: Adjusts the sharpness of the contrast edge in the horizontal direction.

      • Color: Tones down or up the colors displayed on the screen. The closer to 100 the deeper the color. Without a calibration disc and an optical filter (or the ability to defeat the red and green output of the television) it can be tough to know if you’ve got the color just right. Just how green should a leaf look, anyway? For this reason, a calibration disc is highly recommended to achieve the most accurate color settings. We do have a couple of tricks to offer, though. First, find out if your TV offers a color-temperature adjustment. Settings for color temperature are usually expressed in terms of cool or warm. Choose the warmest setting you have available to you as a starting point. From there, find a scene with plenty of faces in it, then press pause. Turn the color all the way up and notice how it appears everyone has jaundice or a fresh sunburn. You don’t want that. Now, turn the color nearly all the way down and notice how everyone looks as if they belong in the morgue. You don’t want that either. Now adjust the color back up until faces look natural. Each person’s face should have its own distinct hue. If it looks like real skin tone, you’ll know you’ve gotten close.

      • Tint: Adjusts the color balance between red and green displayed on the screen. The closer to Red 50, the redder the color will be. The closer to Green 50, the greener the color will be.

      • Color Temperature: Adjusts the color temperature from cold to warm.

        • The settings you specify only applies to the currently selected input mode.

        • Depending upon the input signal or the selected picture mode, the available options may differ.

        • The configurable items differ depending upon model.

      • Reset: This option will reset the Picture settings.

        • You can reset the Picture modes separately by selecting the Picture mode you wish to reset and enabling it.

      • Dynamic Contrast: Corrects the difference between the bright and dark areas of the screen for optimal results depending on the brightness of the picture.

      • Dynamic Color: To make the image more colorful and lively adjust the Color and saturation of the picture.

      • Preferred Color: Adjusts the colors of skin, grass and sky to your personal preferences.

      • Super Resolution: Adjusts the resolution to make dim and blurred images clearer.

      • Gamma: Adjusts the medium brightness of the picture.

      • Color Gamut: Selects the range of Colors to display. Set color gamut to Auto according to the signal, or display more vivid and richer color in the order of Extended and Wide

      • Edge Enhancer: Shows clearer and distinctive (yet natural), edges of the video.

      • Color Filter: Filters a specific Color spectrum in RGB Colors to fine-tune Color saturation and hue accurately.

      • White Balance: Adjusts the overall color temperature of the screen as desired.

      • Color Management System: This is a function used by experts when they adjust Colors using a test pattern of six Colors (Red / Green / Blue Cyan / Magenta / Yellow) without affecting other Color areas. For normal images, adjustments may not result in noticeable Color changes.

        • Depending upon the input signal or the selected picture mode, the available options may differ.

        • The configurable items differ depending upon model.

      • Noise Reduction: Removes small dots that stand out so as to make the image clean.

      • MPEG Noise Reduction: Reduces the noise produced during the creation of digital video signals.

      • Black Level: Compensates the screen brightness and contrast by adjusting the darkness of the screen.

      • Real Cinema: Provides a cinema-like experience.

      • Motion Eye Care: Automatically adjusts brightness and reduces image blur based on image data which reduces eyestrain.

        • Turning this option OFF may increase energy consumption.

      • LED Local Dimming: Maximizes the contrast ratio by making the bright areas of the screen brighter and the dark areas of the screen darker.

        • Off: Disables the LED Local Dimming function.

          • Turning this option OFF may increase energy consumption.

        • Low / Med / High: Changes the contrast ratio.

      • TruMotion: Optimizes the image quality of fast-moving pictures.

        • Off: Turns off the TruMotion

        • Smooth: Softens fast-moving pictures.

        • Clear: Makes fast-moving pictures clearer.

        • Clear Plus: Makes fast-moving pictures clearer using the back light control.

        • User: sets De-Judder / De-Blur manually

          • De-Judder: Adjusts juddering on the screen.

          • De-Blur: Reduces the blurring effects of motion.

      Notes:

      - The advanced settings can be changed only in User mode.

      - Depending upon the input signal or the selected picture mode, the available options may differ.

      - The configurable items differ depending upon model.

    • Aspect ratio is an image projection attribute that describes the proportional relationship between the width of an image and its height. For example, movies, which are usually shot with a wide-angle lens, have an aspect ratio that is typically 16:9, which means that the width of the image area is almost twice its height. The traditional television and computer display, on the other hand, are designed for an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, which means that the width of the display area is only 1.33 times the height, almost square. Many newer television displays, such as those using HDTV technology, have a widescreen format with an aspect ratio of 16:9.

      • 16:9 Displays an aspect ratio of 16:9.

      • Original Changes the aspect ratio to 4:3 or 16:9 depending upon the input video signal.

      • 4:3 Displays an aspect ratio of 4:3.

      • Vertical Zoom You can adjust the vertical dimension of the screen and align the screen vertically by using Adjust Zoom Ratio and Adjust Screen Position

      • All-Direction Zoom You can adjust the horizontal/vertical/diagonal dimensions of the screen and align the screen horizontally/vertically by using Adjust Zoom Ratio and Adjust Screen Position

      • Just Scan If you turn this feature ON, you can view the content in the aspect ratio that is in the broadcast signal or content source.If the edge of the screen is not clean please turn it OFF.

        • If set to Auto, the feature switches between ON or OFF status depending on the information contained in the video signal.

      Note:

      The items that can be selected may vary depending on the current input.

      The configurable items differ depending upon model or country.

      Viewing content from an external device or, for an extended period of time, having fixed text such as the program name or using an aspect ratio of 4:3 may result in image sticking.

      Depending upon the input signal, the available screen sizes may be different

    • Reduces power consumption by adjusting peak screen brightness.

      • Auto TV sensor detects the ambient lighting and automatically adjusts the screen brightness.

        • This feature is available on certain models only.

      • Off Turns off the Energy Saving mode.

      • Minimum / Medium / Maximum Applies the pre-set Energy Saving mode.

      • Screen off Screen is turned off and only sound is played.

        Press any button except the power and the volume buttons to turn the screen back on.

      Note: If you use the Energy Saving function, the brightness of your TV will be affected.

    • The color temperature will be adjusted to reduce eye fatigue.

      • ON: The color temperature of your TV screen is adjusted.

      • OFF: turns off the Eye Comfort Mode

      Note: This feature is available on certain models only.

    • Picture Test allows you to see whether the video signal output is normal, and then select whether there is an error.

      If there are no problems in the test picture check the connected external device or broadcast signal.

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