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Color difference when using a different programs

Apr 24, 2012 7:16 AM

Tags: #photoshop #cs5 #rgb #mac #color_management_problem #color_management #pantone #management #color-management

I find this very odd, but now that I am using multiple program within the Creative Suite I am beginning to notice color differences. For instance, if I use hex: #200add in Photoshop it renders a different blue then in Illustrator or InDesign. Why is this? And how can I keep the colors consistent? It's not just with hex colors but with RGB/CYMK. Is there a way I can move my color specs from Photoshop to InDesign and Illustrator?


It's the same monitor, same file, same everything, but a different program renders a different color. I am also running CS5.5 on a iMac


Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Apr 24, 2012 3:06 PM   in reply to mdhoward2k

    Hex color shifts appearance on screen depending on what source ICC profile is being used (or passed through to the monitor) and the monitor profile


    in other words hex color on the monitor seems to be dependent on the profile (colorspace) it was set in and how different the monitor profile is from that profile (colorspace)


    to keep it consistent in a Web browser, Convert your files to sRGB before setting a hex color before saving for web


    acuracy is a different matter




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    printing, I would think, is bound by the same rules


    Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator -- you could start by syncing your Color Settings in those apps and being aware of the rules (how each app uses profiles) but i don't think there is a simple answer here

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    Apr 25, 2012 10:31 AM   in reply to mdhoward2k

    I agree with Gator in that you should sync your color settings for all CS apps.  You can do this using "Bridge" or separately in each application. 

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