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Different colours top to bottom

Mar 25, 2013 7:18 AM

Tags: #error #settings #different #random #fault #colours

We are trying to create a document in InDesign and when ever we create something with colour it appears to be a different shade of the same colour if we drag or copy the object to the bottom of the page (darker at the top) see below for the example.

 

we have reset prefs & reinstalled... this is happening on more than 1 pc but not all of them.

 

it's not the monitors as you can see this is a screenshot and it also happens with our remote software.

 

Thanks

 

Oscar

 

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  • Rob Day
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    Mar 25, 2013 10:08 AM   in reply to Pure_Technology

    it's not the monitors as you can see this is a screenshot and it also happens with our remote software.

    Your screen capture is showing the two colors as identical (1|152|207)

     
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    Mar 25, 2013 11:47 AM   in reply to Pure_Technology

    The problem isn't with ID—if the colors were actually being displayed differently the numbers in your screen capture would be different. Look at your monitor calibration and profile.

     
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    Mar 25, 2013 11:49 AM   in reply to Pure_Technology

    And your viewing angle and whther part of the monitor is shaded differently from the ambient light.

     
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  • Rob Day
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    Mar 26, 2013 4:40 AM   in reply to Pure_Technology

    Is this something that can be resolved with the colour profiles?

    If it was a color management profile problem you would get different RGB values in your screen capture.

     
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    Mar 26, 2013 4:43 AM   in reply to Pure_Technology

    Pure_Technology wrote:

     

    No, the monitors are all at the same angles etc... and it's happening on all of our monitors.

    Which leads me to think even more that it's a difference in color from top to bottom based on the viewing angle and ambient light direction.

     

    Rotate the page 180. Do the colors swap, or is it still dark at the top, light at the bottom?

     
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    Mar 26, 2013 6:12 AM   in reply to Pure_Technology

    So it sounds like the backlighting is uneven if these are flat panels (hard to tell fromthe scrren shot, but looks like a Dell flat panel of some sort), or it's getting to be time to replace a CRT. Some monitors allow you to adjust the backlighing for evenness, I think but my Dell doesn't seem to.

     

    It's really never a great idea to buy a cheap monitor for graphic work.

     
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