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Issue with color settings in Photoshop

New Here ,
Jun 08, 2020 Jun 08, 2020

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Hey guys! 

I have noticed that recently something bad happened with my color settings in Photoshop 2020 (and Illustrator). All of the colors there are washed out and there is no difference when I swap colors from RGB to CMYK (cmd+y). Both modes look the same. I have made a few other tests and colors in other software like After Effects, Figma, or Affinity Designer looks fine. Can anyone have the same issue? I already have tried to reinstall PS and erase the settings but it didn't help. Here you got my settings: image-1.jpgimage-2.jpgimage-3.jpg

 

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Jun 08, 2020 Jun 08, 2020

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Hi

Very helpful to have those screen shots

 

Are you in the US? is that why you have chosen those color settings?

An untagged document will misbehave if reopened after 'color settings' are changed - that’s because the untagged RGB document profile is presumed to be from the default RGB color space (currently sRGB) as set in color settings as default. 

That’s one reason why one must always embed an icc profile in a document.

IF you use " for web" I suggest you always check "embed profile, who knows why Adobe didn’t make that the default. 

 

To fix the issue - try edit/assign profile = Adobe RGB to the document. 

 

Additionally, though, you do need ideally to calibrate the screen to achieve accurate colour preview.

For that you need a sensor like the X-Rite i1 display pro

I prefer basICColor display as a calibration software but the software that comes free with the i1 display pro will get you started. 

something about that software here https://www.colourmanagement.net/products/basiccolor/basiccolor-display-software

I hope this helps

if so, please "like" my reply and if you're OK now, please mark it as "correct", so that others who have similar issues can see the solution

thanks

neil barstow, colourmanagement.net :: adobe forum volunteer

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Thanks for the answer! 😉 

1. These colors settings were always the default one for any of my Photoshop installation. I also have checked them with 2 other designers in my company and they use them as well. 

2. This issue appears in new and old files.

3. I don't think that a color sensor is needed for that. I assume that there is something wrong with the color profiles (they are corrupted or I picked something wrong). It's strange that colors look fine in different software, where I got an issue in Photoshop and Illustrator.

4. I have tried to reassign profile to Adobe RGB, but after that colors become oversaturated.  

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Did you maybe use the »Color LCD Calibrated« previously? 

What are the color fields’ values? 

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Yes, I have changed it a couple of times. I work on Macbook (with Catalina) installed and have some issues with color profiles before. It's strange because I have completely removed the whole Adobe Create Cloud from my drive (as well as all of the folders with Adobe settings), installed it again and the issue still appears. 

 

As for the fields, I have used:

red: #0064ff

yellow: #ffd739

blue: #0064ff

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I should have specified: RGB values. 

And 

»red: #0064ff«

does not appear to be correct. 

 

Anyway the other colors are somewhat muted. 

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You are right. My bad. Here you got all of them as RGB:

red:  RGB (218, 73, 99)

yellow: RGB (255, 215, 57)

blue: RGB (0, 100, 255)

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Neil is spot on. You are working with untagged images. They don't have a color profile. Never do that.

 

In Save For Web, all color management is by default disabled, for some reason. You have to manually turn it on:

 

First, check "embed color profile". Always keep this checked. Then, set Preview to "Use Document Profile". Not "Monitor Color" or any of the others. Always keep this setting too.

 

With these settings, Save For Web will match Photoshop, they both have full color management.

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Ok, got it. I did that and now I have the same results in Photoshop & in Save For Web window. Even if the results are consistent, all of the colors in Photoshop (and in Illustrator, where I didn't change anything) are washed out, when the same values look fine in other software like After Effects, Affinity Designer, or Figma. 

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colors.jpg

illustrator.jpg

  

 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-06 at 22.10.17.png

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Maybe this is an issue with Catalina, not with Photoshop or Illustrator? What I have noticed is that e.g. colors in Affinity Designer are vibrant, but looks dull as JPG. 

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