# love.math.linearToGamma

 Available since LÖVE 0.9.1 This function is not supported in earlier versions.

Converts a color from linear-space (RGB) to gamma-space (sRGB). This is useful when storing linear RGB color values in an image, because the linear RGB color space has less precision than sRGB for dark colors, which can result in noticeable color banding when drawing.

In general, colors chosen based on what they look like on-screen are already in gamma-space and should not be double-converted. Colors calculated using math are often in the linear RGB space.

Read more about gamma-correct rendering here, here, and here.

In versions prior to 11.0, color component values were within the range of 0 to 255 instead of 0 to 1.

 Gamma-correct rendering is an advanced topic and it's easy to get color-spaces mixed up. If you're not sure whether you need this, you might want to avoid it.

## Function

### Synopsis

`cr, cg, cb = love.math.linearToGamma( lr, lg, lb )`

### Arguments

`number lr`
The red channel of the linear RGB color to convert.
`number lg`
The green channel of the linear RGB color to convert.
`number lb`
The blue channel of the linear RGB color to convert.

### Returns

`number cr`
The red channel of the converted color in gamma sRGB space.
`number cg`
The green channel of the converted color in gamma sRGB space.
`number cb`
The blue channel of the converted color in gamma sRGB space.

### Notes

An alpha value can be passed into the function as a fourth argument, but it will be returned unchanged because alpha is always linear.

## Function

### Synopsis

`cr, cg, cb = love.math.linearToGamma( color )`

### Arguments

`table color`
An array with the red, green, and blue channels of the linear RGB color to convert.

### Returns

`number cr`
The red channel of the converted color in gamma sRGB space.
`number cg`
The green channel of the converted color in gamma sRGB space.
`number cb`
The blue channel of the converted color in gamma sRGB space.

## Function

### Synopsis

`c = love.math.linearToGamma( lc )`

### Arguments

`number lc`
The value of a color channel in linear RGB space to convert.

### Returns

`number c`
The value of the color channel in gamma sRGB space.

## Examples

### Pre-multiply an image's alpha with its RGB values in linear RGB space

```local function PremultiplyLinearPixel(x, y, r, g, b, a)
r = r * a
g = g * a
b = b * a
return r, g, b, a
end

local function PremultiplyGammaPixel(x, y, r, g, b, a)
r, g, b = love.math.gammaToLinear(r, g, b)
r = r * a
g = g * a
b = b * a
r, g, b = love.math.linearToGamma(r, g, b)
return r, g, b, a
end

-- Loads an image and pre-multiplies its RGB values with its alpha, for use with the ('alpha', 'premultiplied') blend mode.
-- The multiplication correctly accounts for the color-space of the image.
function NewPremultipliedImage(filepath, flags)
local imagedata = love.image.newImageData(filepath)

local mapfunction = (flags and flags.linear) and PremultiplyLinearPixel or PremultiplyGammaPixel
imagedata:mapPixel(mapfunction)

return love.graphics.newImage(imagedata, flags)
end

image = NewPremultipliedImage("pig.png")```