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Indesign PDF Colors Change

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May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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Can anyone explain to me why this happens when I convert to a PDF?

 

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May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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Is the pdf setting set to CMYK and the InDesign set to RGB? Check your settings. CMYK will look duller.

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May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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First: Check your ID Color Settings and make sure they are what you expect for your final destination (e,g, North American Prepress, etc). There was a bug (now supposedly fixed as of current versions) that had affected these settings across various CC apps.

Second: what are you using for your PDF export settings? Particularly check output destination.

 

If, however, things seem right to you, it could be you have a color in your document in RGB that cannot be rendered in CMYK, but based on your screen grab, your color seems in gamut to me, so I suspect one of the two issues I mentioned are at play.

 

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May 29, 2021 May 29, 2021

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Yes, we can explain 😉 You are rendering to a different Gamut. 99% change you have a RGB color going to CMYK.

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Make sure you are not experiencing the recent color management bug that turns color management off in Color Settings —should not be Emulate InDesign 2.0 CM Off.

 

Then export using a PDF/X preset and view in Acrobat Reader or Pro. The PDF/X standards include the document’s Output Intent Profile which is used for the soft proof preview in Acrobat.

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