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Color issue Ilustrator

New Here ,
May 12, 2023 May 12, 2023

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Hi, whenever I print artwork from an Illustrator PDF the color is different than it appears on my screen. What am I doing wrong?

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May 12, 2023 May 12, 2023

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You have probably defined colors that cannot be printed.

But maybe something else is off.

 

Can you give us more details?

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New Here ,
May 13, 2023 May 13, 2023

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How do I fix that?

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LEGEND ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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Can you give us more details?

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New Here ,
May 15, 2023 May 15, 2023

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I made this artwork in Illustrator, I saved it as a pdf (print quality, no color conversion) and sent it to print. The colors all came out looking different. The printshop told me to make sure I was in CYMK mode which I am. I am new to Illustrator so its possible that something basic is wrong with my settings or the way I'mScreenshot 2023-05-15 at 4.56.53 PM.png saving it. 

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Community Expert ,
May 16, 2023 May 16, 2023

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There are two things that may affect this:

1. your color settings. THis is color management and if it is way off then you don't see the actual colors on your monitor

2. the document color mode. You are seeing the correct things, but you just don't know that it cannot work. 

 

Using the appropriate document color mode can prevent a lot of bad things, but if your monitor does not show the correct colors then you are still in for a surprise.

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New Here ,
May 16, 2023 May 16, 2023

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How do I know if my monitor doesn't show the right colors? I'm using a Macbook Pro

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Community Expert ,
May 16, 2023 May 16, 2023

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simcha,

 

Did you start out in CMYK colour mode, or in RGB and then switched?

 

It may be worth reading this, and follow links.

 

 

Edit: Sorry, I failed to provide the link:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/keeping-colors-consistent.html

 

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May 16, 2023 May 16, 2023

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Will read thanks!

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2023 May 17, 2023

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simcha,

 

I apologize for the missing link in the post above, so I have just inserted it.

 

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New Here ,
May 21, 2023 May 21, 2023

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is there a way to switch from RBG mode to CMYK mode properly?

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May 21, 2023 May 21, 2023

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What do you mean with "properly"?

 

Some colors cannot be printed. Everything else can be handled with proper color management and appropriate color profiles.

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