2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 26, 2013 11:08 AM by cookiefresh RSS

    Exporting PDF colors look washed out


      Hi, so I recently started working with the new adobe cc programs. I haven't encountered these problems before. I have created everything using CMYK and used no images. I checked the colors in InDesign CC and the colors looked washed out as well. I checked overprint view and the colors don't change in Illustrator.


      The left is a screenshot of Illustrator and the right is a screenshot of PDF.




      Adobe CC uses synced color profiles so the colors should be the same across all adobe products right?

        • 1. Re: Exporting PDF colors look washed out

          I had the exact same problem last week. Our printer told me to make sure that every piece was saved as CMYK before it was placed into InDesign. This helped some, but then I tweaked the colors up a lot before printing.

          • 2. Re: Exporting PDF colors look washed out
            cookiefresh Community Member

            Thank you for your reply. I know there are difference between computer screen and print but this looked pretty drastic. After some research I got somewhat better results. This may help someone.


            "I have had this issue as well -- and eventually realized that what one sees on screen and what actually prints are two different worlds. Basically, as far as I can tell, computer monitors are calibrated RGB output -- therefore, when you are looking at a CMYK artwork, the blacks (100% K) are going to look kinda greyish, because it's not a RGB black. Illustrator cheats this somehow, so the CMYK blacks look truly black when working with files in it.

            Something I always do is check the PDF settings when saving your file as a PDF. In the "output" tab, be mindful of the color conversion setting. If it's set to "convert to destination" and the destination is an RGB, than your PDF will look normal on screen, but may not necessarily print correctly. If you convert to a CMYK destination, it will probably look wierd (as you are describing) on screen but should print just fine... it's all experimentation and understanding the two color modes.

            Hope this helps."


            colors are somewhat faded but not as bad when I convert to destination CMYK