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(Urgent) Colors Washed Out after exporting to PDF

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Hello,

My document in Illustrator, is original in RGB color mode, because the purpose of the project is not for printing. But when I exported it to PDF, I found that the colors were a bit "washed out", colors were not as sharp as the color shown on the Illustrator document. When I tried to export it in JPG, it shows the exactly same colors as the original document. 

 

My project will due on Sunday, and I was supposed to submit the PDF file. So I hope I can find the solution as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

What happens when you include profiles?

Also: Apple Preview can show you if there's something in the file (but I wouldn't even rely on that). It won't be able to show you correct colors or anything like that.

For Acrobat: you need to check its color management settings.

Also: how are your color management settings in Illustrator?

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(Urgent) Colors Washed Out after exporting to PDF

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Hello,

My document in Illustrator, is original in RGB color mode, because the purpose of the project is not for printing. But when I exported it to PDF, I found that the colors were a bit "washed out", colors were not as sharp as the color shown on the Illustrator document. When I tried to export it in JPG, it shows the exactly same colors as the original document. 

 

My project will due on Sunday, and I was supposed to submit the PDF file. So I hope I can find the solution as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

What happens when you include profiles?

Also: Apple Preview can show you if there's something in the file (but I wouldn't even rely on that). It won't be able to show you correct colors or anything like that.

For Acrobat: you need to check its color management settings.

Also: how are your color management settings in Illustrator?

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What PDF settings are you using? What are you using to check the colour after exporting?

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Thanks for reaching me out! 

I used Adobe Acrobat and Preview(Mac default) to view the PDF, the color were still not as sharp as the JPG. I am not sure what is PDF settings, can you explain a little bit?

 

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Screenshot 2020-07-31 at 4.30.43 PM.pngScreenshot 2020-07-31 at 4.31.02 PM.png

1st is a screenshot of the PDF, 2nd is the screenshot of the JPG.

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Depending on how you export exactly (Save As, or Export for Screens etc.) you should see a PDF settings window like this, with colour settings and other information about what exactly you're exporting.

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Screenshot 2020-07-31 at 5.09.11 PM.pngThank you for the explaination, I used "save as" as my method. So what should I do right now?

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What happens when you include profiles?

Also: Apple Preview can show you if there's something in the file (but I wouldn't even rely on that). It won't be able to show you correct colors or anything like that.

For Acrobat: you need to check its color management settings.

Also: how are your color management settings in Illustrator?

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Yes, the problem was solved when I included profiles. Thank you so much!

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That's good to know. Good luck for your project!

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