Sometimes it does not matter where you look, PC gaming devices are adorned with RGB lighting. However, if you use Razer equipment, there is an easy way to control them.
If you do not love the fascination of multicolor lighting games, then I'll show you how to turn off all your Razer hardware LEDs. If you're a fan of RGB lights like me, I'll show you how to control any new Razer peripheral compatible with Chroma, Razer's LED Sync technology, for a total of 16.8 Supported millions of colors. And do not worry, there are already more guides for other PC gaming peripherals.
In this guide, you'll learn how to turn on and off Chroma, apply default presets, use Chroma Studio, and create your own mini-lightshows on your keyboard, headset, mouse, gaming mat, or any other Chroma-compatible peripheral device ,
First, a checklist:
What you need
- A Razer Chroma-compatible computer or peripheral
- Razer Synapse 3, Razer's hardware management application. (If you're using older hardware that requires Razer Synapse 2, you can not use Chroma Studio or similar chroma-effect apps.)
Getting Started To control lighting, you need to download Razer Synapse 3. This is Razer's official hardware management application for devices and peripherals. It's one of the best apps you can hang on your Windows taskbar for faster access.
After installing Synapse, you will be greeted with a login screen that will allow you to enter your login information and display a screen similar to the one above. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for an account.
Razer peripherals differ in terms of the variety of chroma effects and details. In general, they stand in this order: keyboards and gamepads; Mice, headsets and controllers; Stands, docks and adapters. For demonstration purposes, I test some effects with a Huntsman Elite keyboard that has RGB lighting per button and can display a variety of chroma effects.
Change Your Light Presets
- Use the Synapse 3-compatible Razer keyboard to navigate to the Lighting tab and click it.
- The Lighting tab allows you to adjust the brightness (or turn off the backlight completely), set energy-saving modes, and choose Quick Effects to preview the types of lights you can spot.
- The Quick Effects drop-down menu allows you to select one of the listed effects to see what they are doing. I would suggest that you experiment to find out which effects you like the most and remember them for later.
Prepare to create your own lighting presets.
With some experimentation, you can create your own effects. You can even use the default values as the basis for your own. The following instructions describe some of the basic controls of Chroma Studio to help you better understand how to work with your custom chroma effects.
- In Synapse 3, navigate to the Modules tab and download the Chroma Studio module.
- Wait for the download to complete and restart the Synapse 3 app. At this point, you can experiment with light effects in Chroma Studio.
- Navigate to the Lighting tab for your Razer peripheral. Click the Advanced Effects tab and then Chroma Studio.
- You are greeted by a layer-based editor and a visual representation of all connected Razer peripherals. You can highlight a specific gear by pressing and dragging the left mouse button.
- The five icons in the editor's toolbar include: Selection (to highlight an LED area), Pen (to draw LEDs directly with the current effect), Paint Bucket (to continuously fill an area with the current effect). , Move (to position devices in the editor) and "Remove / Recycle Bin".
- The left pane lets you see your current effects and effects groups you've created. Grouping effects gives you an efficient and easy way to organize custom effects when you assign them to different peripherals. The list on the left panel also contains the Add Group, Duplicate Effect, and Delete Effect buttons. You'll use these three to quickly manage, group, or delete the effects you've created.
- If you scroll down the left sidebar, you will also find a group of Effect Effects Effects Effects, similar to those you previously saw in Quick Effects.
Keep in mind that different effects have different custom settings that you can use. For example, the duration and colors of "Spectrum Cycling" can be changed, the speed and density of "Starlight" can be changed, and the direction, center, speed, and color rendering of "Wheel" can be changed. There is plenty of room for adjustments.
Create Your Own Light Presets
- In the case of the Huntsman Elite keyboard, I will create my own version of the "Fire" effect. First, highlight the keyboard by clicking and dragging it with the left mouse button.
- Next, select the Fire effect in the left sidebar. After the selection you will notice that the right sidebar has the options "hot" and "cold". This is your opportunity to play with color combinations. In this example I have selected a deep blue as "hot" color and a whitish as "cold".
- When you have made your color selection, click the green Save button in the lower right corner. Your changes should be displayed on your peripheral device.
- At this point, you can duplicate the effect to apply to other Chroma-enabled and Synapse 3-compatible devices. You can also right-click the effect to change, duplicate, or delete the name to restart it.
Import / Export custom chroma profiles
If you prefer, you can share your own chroma profiles with friends or on the web. Navigate to the name of your chroma profile at the top center of the window, just above the layer-based editor toolbar.
If you want to share your profile with other members of the Razer community, you can do so from various subreddits and online communities, such as: Eg from Razer's own Chroma Workshop portal.
- Click the ellipses to the right of the profile name to start.
- In the drop-down menu that appears, select "Export".
- Select the check box with the desired profile, set a file name, and save the ".synapse3" file to your desktop.
If you're importing and experimenting with a Chroma Synapse 3 profile you've found, just select the same ellipses drop-down menu as before, select "Import" and look for the appropriate file on your computer Computer.
Now you should be able to control your chroma lighting for all Razer peripherals, create custom effects, share them with others, and import cool ones found on the Internet.
If you're wondering how to control the backlighting for other PC gaming brands, we'll be updating our guide in the next few weeks with even more tutorials. Stay up to date.
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