Interactive PDF RGB Colors Dulling

Community Beginner ,
Jan 07, 2022 Jan 07, 2022

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I have a problem that just started happining. I have several documents with Transparency Blend Space > RGB. When I export them as an interactive PDF, the color dulls (is it converting to CMYK?). I don't have this problem when exporting as a regular, High Quality Print PDF. And I didn't have this problem prior. I've gone back to old documents that have vibrant interactive PDF's and tried resaving those, and I get the same result. My INDD and Acrobat Pro are both current. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

Hi @Verelle the change doesn’t look like an RGB to CMYK difference because the starting color looks like it is in gamut, and normally you wouldn’t see a color change on a CMYK to sRGB conversion—with interactive PDFs all color gets converted to sRGB. Does it happen if your document’s assigned RGB profile is sRGB (Edit>Assign Profiles)?

 

Also, check Color Setting and make sure Color Management hasn’t been turned off.

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Community Beginner , Jan 10, 2022 Jan 10, 2022

Looks like I solved this by changing the color setting to North America General Purpose 2. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 10, 2022 Jan 10, 2022

There was a bug in the first version of CC2021 (16.0), that set Color Settings to Emulate Adobe InDesign 2.0 CMS Off. The CMS Off setting strips the document’s color profiles and disables color managed conversions. You should be able to use any Color Settings other than CMS Off and get the correct conversion on an interactive PDF export.

 

You might want to check documents you have created since upgrading to CC2021 and make sure they have profile assignments.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

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What colour space are your swatches?
Do they have an RGB or CMYK icon beside them?

 

All these swatches are CMYK

You can see the CMYK swatch beside them.

RGB swatches will have a RGB swatch

 

 

 

InDesign - colours out of Gamut

You'll see a warning

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Hi @Verelle the change doesn’t look like an RGB to CMYK difference because the starting color looks like it is in gamut, and normally you wouldn’t see a color change on a CMYK to sRGB conversion—with interactive PDFs all color gets converted to sRGB. Does it happen if your document’s assigned RGB profile is sRGB (Edit>Assign Profiles)?

 

Also, check Color Setting and make sure Color Management hasn’t been turned off.

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Jan 10, 2022 Jan 10, 2022

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@rob day  

1) This is the color I've been using. I've been using this same orange in documents for years and the color has always been vivid, as previewed in INDD. I even went back and tested saving out old documents that had vivid interactive PDF's and the new version saves dull (old version looks great).

Screen Shot 2022-01-10 at 6.19.00 AM.png

 

2) INDD won't let me select Assign Profile

Screen Shot 2022-01-10 at 6.21.35 AM.png

 

 

3) Color Management is off. When I tried turning it on (Custom> sRGB), it won't allow me to export as an interactive PDF. 

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Looks like I solved this by changing the color setting to North America General Purpose 2. 

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There was a bug in the first version of CC2021 (16.0), that set Color Settings to Emulate Adobe InDesign 2.0 CMS Off. The CMS Off setting strips the document’s color profiles and disables color managed conversions. You should be able to use any Color Settings other than CMS Off and get the correct conversion on an interactive PDF export.

 

You might want to check documents you have created since upgrading to CC2021 and make sure they have profile assignments.

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