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Illustrator changes colors when importing an image

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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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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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Illustrator changes colors when importing an image

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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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Correct answer by Ton Frederiks | Adobe Community Professional

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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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

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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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Good to hear you found the reason.

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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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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 (w...

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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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