The SetDeviceGammaRamp function sets the gamma ramp on direct color display boards having drivers that support downloadable gamma ramps in hardware.

BOOL WINAPI SetDeviceGammaRamp(
  HDC hDC,  LPVOID lpRamp);


  • hDC
    Specifies the device context of the direct color display board in question.
  • lpRamp
    Pointer to a buffer containing the gamma ramp to be set. The gamma ramp is specified in three arrays of 256 WORD elements each, which contain the mapping between RGB values in the frame buffer and digital-analog-converter (DAC) values. The sequence of the arrays is red, green, blue. The RGB values must be stored in the most significant bits of each WORD to increase DAC independence.

Return Values

If this function succeeds, the return value is TRUE.

If this function fails, the return value is FALSE.


Direct color display modes do not use color lookup tables and are usually 16, 24, or 32 bit. Not all direct color video boards support loadable gamma ramps. SetDeviceGammaRamp succeeds only for devices with drivers that support downloadable gamma ramps in hardware.


**  Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista:** Included in Windows 2000 and later.
**  Windows 95/98/Me:** Included in Windows 95 and later.
**  Header:** Declared in Wingdi.h.
**  Library:** Use Gdi32.lib.

See Also

Basic Color Management Concepts, Functions