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Illustrator changes colors when importing an image

Community Beginner ,
Apr 10, 2019 Apr 10, 2019

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Illustrator changes colors when i import a png or jpg or any other file. I tried everything, changing from rgb to cmyk, embedding the image but nothing works. How do i solve this?

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Community Expert , Apr 10, 2019 Apr 10, 2019

Looks like your color settings are wrong and no color management is used, probably Emulating Illustrator 6.

Check Edit > Color Settings and look what is under Settings.

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Apr 10, 2019 Apr 10, 2019

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Do you import RGB images in a CMYK Illustrator document?

Are your Color Settings synchronized?

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I tried it both ways, with a cmyk and rgb illustrator document and they look different in both, washed up a bit.

And yes i think they are synchronized since i don't get a warning or message.

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What are you using as a baseline reference? Can you post screenshots showing reference and the change?

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Not getting a warning does not mean your settings are synchronized--just that your color warnings are turned off. Create your desired settings in Photoshop (presumably you are using Photoshop), then use Bridge to sync your color [management] settings across the programs.

What are the following settings for all programs involved:

File > Document Color Mode in AI; Image > Mode in PS

Edit > Color Settings

View > Proof Setup

David Creamer: Community Expert (ACI and ACE 1995-2023)

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This is an example of what happens. You can see that the blue is now a soft light blue. This happens to

every other image aswell

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Looks like your color settings are wrong and no color management is used, probably Emulating Illustrator 6.

Check Edit > Color Settings and look what is under Settings.

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Yes it emulated illustrator 6! Didn't check it was doing that, thank you so much for the help!

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Apr 10, 2019 Apr 10, 2019

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Good to hear you found the reason.

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Sep 04, 2023 Sep 04, 2023

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Thanks Ton. I don't usually find myself placing images in Illustrator and was therefore taken completely unawares at the dramatic colour shift encountered with the jpegs – the culprit was of course Emulating Illustrator 6. Cheers and all resolved now.

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You only showed one of the three settings. What are the others?

Also, did you start off with an RGB document or change a CMYK to RGB?

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New Here ,
Dec 10, 2023 Dec 10, 2023

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Thank You !!!

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New Here ,
Aug 01, 2020 Aug 01, 2020

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I was so annoyed about this until I did it this way.
This is really the EASIEST way to fix those imported images super quickly. 😉

https://youtu.be/Xj5A7p6-pXw

Have a good one everyone, stay safe! ❤️

This is really the easiest way to solve this problem. It's been almost 2 years since illustrator has been having this issue when importing some png images (which is really annoying and hope they fix this soon). This problem happens to me all the time when trying to import iPhone screenshots ...

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Aug 02, 2020 Aug 02, 2020

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Your video solves a seemingly related issue.

Apart from that: Apple Preview is never a solution to a problem. If you want to do any kind of image conversions, always use an app that has proper color management facilities, such as Photoshop.

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New Here ,
Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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I have the same problem, and I can't understand what is wrong in my color settings.

Could you please tell me how color settings should be?

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Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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Can you show your color settings?

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Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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 tnx🙏🏻

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Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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There is nothing wrong with those setting, the only difference with my settings is that I checked the warnings for profile mismatches and missing profiles.

This will give you a warning when profiles don't match and suggestions for solutions.

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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2023 Aug 05, 2023

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Still having the same problem. How should I change the colour settings?

 

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Community Expert ,
Aug 06, 2023 Aug 06, 2023

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As mentioned above, try turning on the checkboxes for the CM policies.

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