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Scotty Diddles
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My colours have gone grey!!!

Jan 22, 2013 4:07 PM

Tags: #cs4 #illustrator #problem #cs5 #bug

Howdy,

 

I'm in the middle of an A2 size RGB image for a client and my colours have turned to grey!

 

I saved it as an RGB file and I've been working on it for over two weeks now and when I decided to open it up after saving it certain parts of the layer have greyed out! I even saved a copy of it on a separate hard drive and this has done the same.

 

The file involves a lot of mesh work. I've reinstalled both CS5 and CS4 to no avail and cut and pasted parts of the file to different documents and it still opens as grey.

 

Any ideas welcome.

 

 

I'm off for a cry...

 
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:11 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    Happy to have a look at the file if you want to send it through.

     

    sf d-)=

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:30 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    No problem Scotty total understand.

     

    You could try saving the file out as a native illustrator PDF file to see if that clears out any issues.

     

    The only other thing that would grey out a layer is hidden in the Layer options. Double click on one of the affected layers and see if the "Dim Images to:" option is checked.

     

    Other possibilities that cause greyed out images are viewing grouped objects in isolation mode when you double click a grouped object.

     

    It could also be related to the layer opacity settings.

     

    Hope that helps,

     

    sf d-)=

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 5:32 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    Are they actually grey or merely desaturated? If you open an new RGB document are colors grey there as well?

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 6:21 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    Need to see something... screenshots of the layers panel expanded.. appearance panel with objects selections.. something.

     

    And again.. if you open a new RGB document, is that also desaturated?

     

    Mac or Windows?  Exact version you are using?

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:20 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    It's possible you have a nested layer Scotty buried in there. They are hard to see sometimes.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 6:39 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    Okay.. if colors are still desaturated in a new document you may have a bad color profile. Try recalibrating your monitor. Even rebooting the system may help.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 6:42 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    Looks like your Meshes have a Opacity mask applied. You can tell by the dotted line under the object name.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:20 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    You can fix it by selecting the Mesh Object then going to the transparency palette and clicking the release button.

     

    That's unless of course you wanted opacity masks on your meshes

     

    sf d-)=

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:37 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    Great news, you can rest easy now.

     

    The extra bits will be the objects used to create the opacity masks, most likely a duplicate of the original meshes.

     

    Don't ask how they got there, you probably hit a wrong key command somewhere along the line.

     

    Sleep well Scotty,

     

    PS. I'm in Australia by the way

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:22 AM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    Unless you haven't done something weird, the file may also be corrupt.

     

    Try and copy everything from your file into a newly created file. Then save as.

     
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    Feb 3, 2013 7:09 PM   in reply to Scotty Diddles

    How did you go with this Scotty, did you get a result?

     
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