Sometimes it seems that, no matter where you look, the PC gaming equipment is decorated with RGB lighting. However, if you use the Razer equipment, there is an easy way to control it.
If you're not a fan of the game's fascination with multicolored lighting, I'll show you how to turn off all the LEDs. your Razer hardware. If you're a fan of RGB lights like me, I'll show you how to control any new Razer peripheral that is compatible with Chroma, Razer's LED synchronization technology that supports a total of 16.8 million colors. And do not worry: there are more guides in the pipeline for other brands of peripherals for PC games.
This guide will guide you through how to turn on and off Chroma, apply the default presets, use Chroma Studio and create your own mini light shows on your keyboard, headset, mouse, playmat or any other Chroma. compatible peripheral.
First, here is a checklist to get started:
What you'll need
- A computer or peripheral compatible with Razer Chroma
- Razer Synapse 3, the Razer hardware management application. (If you are using older hardware that requires Razer Synapse 2, you will not be able to use Chroma Studio or similar Chroma effects applications).
- A little patience
How to get started
The first step to control your Chroma lighting requires you to download Razer Synapse 3. This is Razer's official hardware management application for your devices and peripherals, and is one of the best applications that you can include in the Windows taskbar for faster access.
Once you install Synapse, you will be greeted with a login screen where you will enter your credentials and arrive at a screen similar to the one above. If you do not have an account yet, you can register to get one.
Razer peripherals vary in terms of those with the widest variety of Chroma effects and details. In general, they are classified in this order: keyboards and gamepads; mice, headphones and controllers; Supports, springs and adapters. For demonstration purposes, I will test some effects with a Huntsman Elite keyboard, which features RGB lighting per key and can display a wide variety of Chroma effects.
Change your preset light settings
- Using your Razer keyboard compatible with Synapse 3, navigate and click on the "Lighting" tab.
- From the "Lighting" tab, you can control the brightness (or turn off the backlight completely), set the energy saving modes and select "Quick Effects" to preview the types of lights you can find.
- Within the "Quick Effects" drop-down menu, you can select any of the effects listed just to see what they do. I suggest you experiment to find out what effects you like the most and take note of them for later.
Get ready to create your own lighting settings
With some experimentation, you can create your own custom effects. You can even use the default values as a basis for yours. The following instructions describe some of the basic controls of Chroma Studio to better understand how to work with your custom Chroma effects.
- Go to the "Modules" tab in Synapse 3 and download the "Chroma Studio" module.
- Wait for the download to finish, then restart the Synapse 3 application. At this point, you can start experimenting with the lighting effects inside Chroma Studio.
- Navigate to the "Lighting" tab for your Razer peripheral. Click on the "Advanced Effects" tab and then on "Chroma Studio."
- A layer-based editor and a visual representation of all your connected Razer peripherals will greet you. You can highlight a specific gear by using the left mouse button and dragging to select.
- The five icons in the toolbar within the editor include: Selector (to highlight an area of LED), Pencil (to draw directly on the LEDs using the current effect), Paint Bucket (to fill an area continuously with the current effect), Move (to position devices in the editor) and "remove / delete".
- In the left panel, you can see its current effects as well as the effect groups you have created. By grouping the effects, you will have an efficient and easy way to keep personalized effects organized when you assign them to different peripherals. The list in the left panel also includes the "Add group", "Duplicate effect" and "Delete effect" buttons. You will use these three to quickly manage, group or delete any effect you have created.
- If you scroll down in the left sidebar, you will also find a group of "Add effects" default effects, similar to those you saw in "Quick Effects" above.
Keep in mind that the different effects have different custom configurations that you can take advantage of. For example, "Spectrum cycle" can change its duration and colors, "Starlight" can change its speed and density, and "Wheel" can change its direction, center point, speed and color reproduction. There is a lot of space for personalization.
Create your own lighting settings
- In the case of the Huntsman Elite keyboard, I will create my own version of the "Fire" effect. First, highlight the keyboard by clicking the left mouse button and dragging it.
- Next, select the "Fire" effect in the left sidebar. Once selected, you will see that the right sidebar has a "Hot" and "Cold" option. This is your chance to play with color combinations. In this example, I have selected a deep blue as the color "hot" and a white off for "cold".
- Once you have made your color selections, press the green "Save" button at the bottom right. Your changes should appear on your peripheral.
- At this point, you can duplicate the effect to apply it to other devices compatible with Chroma and Synapse 3. You can also right-click on the effect to change its name, duplicate it or delete it to start over.
Import / export of custom Chroma profiles
If you wish, you can also share your own custom Chroma profiles with friends or on the web. Navigate to the name of your Chroma profile in 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 it from several subreddits and online communities, like Razer's own Chroma Workshop portal.
- To begin, click on the ellipsis located on the right side of the profile name.
- In the drop-down list that appears, select "Export".
- Select the check box with the specific profile you want to export, set a file name and save the ".synapse3" file to your desktop.
If you want to import and experiment with a Chroma Synapse 3 profile that you found, simply select the same ellipsis drop-down menu as before, select "Import" and search for the relevant file on your computer.
Now, you should be able to control your Chroma lighting for all your Razer peripherals, create custom effects, share them with others and import the cool ones you've found on the Internet.
If you're wondering how to control the backlighting of other PC game brands, we'll be updating our instruction section in the coming weeks with more guides, so stay tuned.
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