What happens if you Save As with a new name, and open that?
Save as and giving the file a new name did not help. It must have something to do with my steps. Does it seem like I am doing them correctly? It should be straight forward, change the RGB and save the file.
Thanks to all for your assistance!
Is Document Color Mode RGB or CMYK?
Check your document color settings under "file-document color mode" and make sure you are set to RGB. I bet CMYK is set.
I presume you are selecting the path (banner) and then changing the values.
What happens if you deselect and select again? Do you get the same values, or different?
Working with RGB in CMYK Color Mode will change your values, but it will not bring you back from one to the other.
The Document Color Mode was set to CMYK and resetting it to RGB fixed the issue. Thanks to all!!
On a side note:
1. what is the difference between using RGB & CMYK?
2. What is the "In Gamut Color" warning all about?
Thanks again to you all!
1. RGB is Red, Blue, Green color space. This is what colors computer monitors and televisions use to create images (light mixing). Typically this is the color space used for Web graphics. All colors in RGB are made up of only these 3 colors of light.
CMYK is Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (the K is from the term "Keyline"). This color model is used for printing (magazines, books, labels, inkjet printers, etc). All colors in CMYK printing are made out of these 4 colors.
2. A color Gamut Warning means you have chosen a color (for instance in RGB) which is not able to be reproduced in another color space (CMYK).
RGB has a larger color library (Gamut) than CMYK (as an example).
When you define a colour in Illustrator, the colour data is stored using the current Document Color Mode. So if you ahve a CMYK document and define a colour as RGB the colour is actually remembered as a CMYK conversion from the RGB numbers you entered. If you then call up that colour in RGB, it is converted from the internal CMYK numbers to a conversion. So the RGB numbers you entered? They get converted twice. Why? Damned good question. You'd think version 14 of Illustrator would be at least caught up with version 3 of InDesign, which can record both RGB and CMYK numbers within a single document.
This is number 4,971 in a series of reason why Illustrator must eventually be scrapped.
It still puzzles me that the RGB values changed so much, only beacuse of the Document Color Mode.
Before post #5 I checked it, and it does not happen in 10.
Has it become so much worse in later versions?
In CS3, entering rgb 20,44,118 in a cmyk document, saving and re-opening yields 40,52,115. Is it different in every version?
In 10, saving and reopening in CMYK Document Color Mode, RGB 20/44/118 become(s) 23/45/118. RGB 40/51/115 become(s) 39/51/115.