So my colleague and I have noticed that when we take the vector graphic from illustrator with very specific RGB values (working with CI) and then copy and paste that graphic into InDesign, that those values change drastically. Meaning we have had to check files and change everything back to the actual values. We've had both on the exact same colour profile, have converted both to a different profile to test whether that made a difference...
Our solution to the problem was to save all graphics with the correct values in InDesign drafts that we then use for our InDesign related projects, just so we don't have to keep double and tripple checking everything for correct values.
But that does not solve the actual issue of why there is a colour conversion to begin with. The programs are meant to be linked together for ease of work, so exporting everything from illustrator and importing it is an extra step that should be possible to be avoided, no?
so exporting everything from illustrator and importing it is an extra step that should be possible to be avoided, no?
No. Placing and pasting are two different operations that can produce two different results. And, considering Place doesn't require switching to Illustrator to Copy (then switching back), it really isn't an "extra step".