Color swatches change as they are copied from one file to another, resaved etc.

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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I am having an issue with color swatches constantly changing as they are used and re-used. It's difficult for me to determine when and where the change takes place, but I know that it seems to solely be the result of my interaction with AI files (the files are used by multiple coworkers of mine).

 

For example, one color evolved from to RGB 50/122/122 to RGB 17/48/60. Obviously, these are quite different. 

 

This seems to happen in colors that are not named colors in the color swatch panel, ie in colors inside patterns and the like. Several grey patterns have drifted to be more reddish. 

 

There has been no change in how I work, have not adjusted any settings to my knowlege. I would really appreciate some guidance on troubleshooting this issue because nobody has the slightest idea how to even explain it.

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Advisor , Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022
What's your color profile set-up?

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Community Beginner , Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022
It was Emulate Illustrator 6, but when I interrogated my coworkers I've changed it to the same as theirs, North American General Purpose 2. Never seen the Color Settings panel before, no idea how I got a different setting than everyone else. Hope this solves it, thanks for bringing this to my attn.

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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Please clarify the question?

 

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What's your color profile set-up?

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It was Emulate Illustrator 6, but when I interrogated my coworkers I've changed it to the same as theirs, North American General Purpose 2. Never seen the Color Settings panel before, no idea how I got a different setting than everyone else. Hope this solves it, thanks for bringing this to my attn.

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You've marker this as correct - it's not, it's a question, not an answer!

>Never seen the Color Settings panel before

That's an alarming thing to admit to - please doing some basic reading on color management.

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The question led me to finding the solution, so it's correct to me. 

Sure, I'll listen to some tutorials on color management. I'm sorry for alarming you. I'm not a graphic designer and what I'm doing isn't technically graphic design so I don't have much issue admitting ignorance.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Are they copied from RGB to CMYK files and then back?

Is color management set up exactly the same in all devices that have to do with this?

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Yes and (as I've just learned) no. I've addressed the latter, however.

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If I understand you correctly, you are working collaboratively and with colors that have been saved to the Cloud. Isn't it possible that these colors have been edited by your co-workers? Perhaps I am misunderstanding the workflow, but that seems to be what is going on to me. If it was a matter of CMYK to RGB workspace, the color changes would not be that drastic.

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