4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2012 2:19 PM by gener7 RSS

    Low color saturation in PDF

    Andrey Kazak

      Dear community,

       

        I experience low color saturation in PDF created from other applications, such as Microsoft Office, InDesign, etc.:

      http://cloud.screenpresso.com/xzeef/2012-11-21_17h01_45.png

      I read something about conversion from RGB to CMYK during PDF export, but it's practically impossible to supply CMYK images to the original Word documents.

       

      What are the reason and possible workaround for this?

        • 1. Re: Low color saturation in PDF
          gener7 MVP

          We could look at your Color Management settings. This is found in Preferences. Here's my setup.

           

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          • 2. Re: Low color saturation in PDF
            Andrey Kazak Community Member

            gener7 wrote:

             

            We could look at your Color Management settings. This is found in Preferences. Here's my setup.

             

            I have exactly the same setting there:

            2012-11-22_10h13_17.png

             

            Please try it by yourself using the sample file.

            • 3. Re: Low color saturation in PDF
              Test Screen Name MVP

              I use Acrobat X Pro, Windows XP. What do you use?

               

              I have used Photoshop to test the exact colours in screen shots, since comparing appearances is tricky. I see the same colour values in my Acrobat that you see in your Word. I have the same colour settings as you (without the Creative Suite synchronization stuff).

               

              No CMYK conversion has taken place. There is no profile attached to this image, so the colour is really almost irrelevant. How it looks is going to vary enormously according to the software in use and people's default settings, even on calibrated monitors. Maybe actually applying a profile would narrow the differences.

              • 4. Re: Low color saturation in PDF
                gener7 MVP

                I downloaded the files and except for compression artifacts in the pdf flower pattern, they appear to be the same color.

                 

                testscreenshot.png

                 

                Two possible places to check: Word's PDF preferences next to the Create PDF button. If you use Standard, the color profile is sRGB. If you picked a Press Quality setting, the sRGB file is converted to CMYK. You have to click Advanced Settings under the Standard or Press Quality, then click Color in the left pane to see what the Color settings are.

                 

                The other culprit could be Windows 7 Color Management. (found in the Control Panel)  That's about all I can think of. If neither works, I'll have to defer to better minds.

                 

                Gene

                 

                windows cm.png