colors look dull in indesign after upgrade

Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2018

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In the picture below the top row of colors is what the boxes look like when exported to pdf.

the bottom row is how they look in indesign, like they all have cyan added to them.

What setting in indesign is shifting my colors. New problem after upgrading to indesign 2019.

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bigchair2 Community Beginner , Oct 24, 2018
This link has the solution. You need to throw away the color preferences for bridge, then restart bridge and all the apps stay synced.Thank you everyone for all of your help.  ; )

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 22, 2018

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Try turning off GPU Performance. There have been a number of reports of duller colors when GPU is on with CC 2019. Click on the rocket ship in InDesign's top menu bar for quick access to it.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2018

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the problem is the color setting in indesign in not staying synced across all the applications. I have set it in bridge, but inDesign will not retain the setting.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 22, 2018

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Did you try turning off GPU Performance?

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New Here ,
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This fixed my problem, thanks so much. 

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Explorer ,
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This worked perfectly for me. Thank you! I would have never thought to look there to solve this problem! All I wanted to do was make red text! It amazed me that I couldn't do it! It was coming out an ugly brownish red, no matter how I changed the color settings. 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2018

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Hello, I am having the same issue. Just did the update today. My OS is Sierra 10.12.6 and don't have the rocket ship for the GPU. Does anyone know another way to fix it?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 23, 2018

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Check Edit > Transparency Blend Space. Your document in CC 2019 could be set to Document CMYK instead of Document RGB in CC 2018.

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Community Beginner ,
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Thank you for your quick response, but I checked and my document is set at CMYK.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 23, 2018

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Thank you for your quick response, but I checked and my document is set at CMYK

InDesign doesn't have a document space, the objects on the page can be a mix of RGB, CMYK, or Lab.

Steve is referring to the Transparency Blend Space, which can affect color but only on pages with transparency. If the blend space is set to CMYK, any RGB colors on the page will be display in as the nearest CMYK color, so the fix for that is setting the Transparency Blend Space to RGB not CMYK.

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New Here ,
Oct 11, 2019

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This worked for me.

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New Here ,
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This was the fix for me thank you!

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THANK YOU! This has been bothering me for a long time because of a specific blue we use at my institution. No matter what I did, it came out as purple and no matter what I've tried to do in changing settings, it remained a problem. Until I changed my transparency blend space! Fix still worked 2 years after you posted. Thank you Steve!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 23, 2018

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There is a section in InDesign's preferences for GPU Performance. If the option there is greyed out then your monitor is not compatible with it and it is not the problem. If it is not greyed out and it is checked then uncheck it and see if it makes a difference.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2020

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this worked for me too. THANKS!

 

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Community Beginner ,
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I am happy to report that I solved it! I went into the indesign edit>color settings> then updated it to North America General Purpose 2.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 23, 2018

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Great! Glad  you solved it!

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2018

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Unfortunatelly, this color issue has nothing in common with GPU performance, nor Transparency Blend Space.

The point is - after upgrade to CC 2019 it is impossible to set (and synchronize) color settings other than default.

In Bridge - default settings are "North America General Purpose 2" - I can change it to (my preferred) Europe Prepress 3. After I hit "Apply" button - it should be synchronized across all CC apps. But no, it is not. Next time I run Bridge - color settings are set to defaults.

The same in InDesign CC 2019 - default settings are set to "Emulate Adobe InDesign 2.0 CMS Off". I can change it, bu only during current session. Next time I run ID CC2019 - color settings are back to default. Even in document saved with different color settings - after next ID run color settings are back to default.@

I hope it will be fixed soon, because it is really annoying especially in production enviroment...

best regards, Artur.

PS

if this helps - I run MacOS 10.14.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2018

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It seems like there is temporary solution:

Creative Cloud 2019 - Not respecting color settings

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 24, 2018

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This link has the solution. You need to throw away the color preferences for bridge, then restart bridge and all the apps stay synced.

Thank you everyone for all of your help.  ; )

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New Here ,
Aug 07, 2019

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wheres the link ?

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Explorer ,
Oct 29, 2018

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These are the steps that have been working for me and my creative team:

1. If you use an Adobe supplied Color Settings preset, go to next step, otherwise use Photoshop Color Settings, to create your desired color settings, and then Save a named Preset.

2. Quit all Adobe apps

3. Hold down the Option key, and choose the Go Menu.

4. Chose Library.

5. Go to Preferences/Adobe/Color

6. Delete this file: ACEConfigCache2.lst

7.  Go into Bridge 2018 (or 2019 if you have already deleted Bridge 2018), and go to Edit, Color Settings, and chose your desired preset, and click Apply.  If done in Bridge 2018, you don't need to do it in Bridge 2019.

8.  Quit Bridge, and now all your 2018 and 2019 apps will be "Synchronized" and will not revert back to the factory defaults!

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New Here ,
May 22, 2019

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This is the solution that worked for  me:

Re: Adobe suit displays colors way too dark but exports correctly

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