Apologies if this already exists on the forum somewhere, if it does I have been unable to find anything that helps. I'll list all the facts that I have below. Hoping that someone out there knows something!
My Indesign is displaying colours as faded/washed out. This is happening with whatever documents I work on. I have checked and double checked that the documents have the correct colour break-downs - when I export to PDFs (or JPG or whatever else) the colours show correctly, so I know that the problem is not with my Mac screen. Document colours also display correctly when my colleague opens and works on them on his Mac, so I deduce that it the problem lies with my Indesign.
My indesign is fully up to date and the problem persists no matter what display performance I chose. Indesign is displaying faded on everything both created in indesign and assets imported in from illustrator however imported JPGs seems to be okay. So maybe the problem is with how swatches are displayed? (again, correct colour breakdowns and faded colours only on my Mac's Indesign, not my colleagues)
Swatches and colour breaks-downs display fine in illustrator.
This situation happens when working with both CYMK and RGB. Reds and magenta seems to display the closest to the actual colours - the problem is worst with blues.
Below are some screenshots of a document open within Indesign (left) and the exported PDF (right) open in acrobat.
Thanks for a speedy response! I'll explore this and let you know if it works.
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Which version of InDesign are you using? If it is CC2019 open Color Settings and make sure color management hasn’t been turned off.
Otherwise does it happen if you set your Transparency Blend Space to RGB, and export using the PDF/X-4 preset?
I think I have found it. Thanks both of you for putting me onto the colour management. In the colour management window my dropdown had changed to the "emulate Adobe InDesign 2.0 CMS off" (I think this must be what you meant Rob). I'm still fiddling around with some of the options but the closest match I could get to my actual colours is "Europe General Purpose 3"
You guys have been great, thanks!
Yes, that is the CC2019 bug.
You’ll have to be careful with existing documents that were created with CM turned off—they have been saved with no color profiles and an Off Color Management policy. To change how the document is color managed you'll have to assign the correct profiles via Edit>Assign Profiles...
If you are using OSX this AppleScript lets you easily assign profiles and change an existing document’s CM Policies:
Here is the script’s dialog
I was also having this issue since i got my 2019 iMac. It was always okay on my old 2011 iMac. Rob, you pointed me in the right direction. However what worked for me was changing color settings to 'Monitor Color'. I am not a color profile specialist but it sure helps allot to work with colors as they appear on screen. The PDF output seems to looks the same. If i get a message from my printer that says the color profile was incorrect or anything of the likes, I'll try to respond back here with further information.
As a general color management best practice you shouldn’t assign your monitor profile as the document’s RGB profile.
When you calibrate a monitor the OS creates a monitor profile during the calibration—on OSX see System Preferences>Displays>Color. The Adobe print apps then use the system’s monitor profile for the display of CMYK, Lab, or RGB colors—for example a profiled CMYK color is converted from the CMYK color profile into the monitor profile via color management for the displayed preview. Same thing happens with an RGB color. If you assign a large gamut profile like Adobe RGB to your InDesign document, any RGB colors you use are converted into monitor profile for the RGB preview, so you don’t need to use Monitor RGB as the document’s RGB profile.
This baffled everyone at the office for a few hours... hope this saves you the time we can't get back!
If none of the above works, make sure you check the Transparency Blend settings in InDesign as @rob_day mentions.
Edit>Transparencey Blend Space> Document RGB
If it's set to Document CMKY, it will display in InDesign, PDF Exports and Online Exports as washed out (not Rich black)
Thank you very much!! Very helpful. We design for both onscreen and print and have had no trouble in the past managing colour gamuts with output in mind. Over the last few days (since InDesign 16.0), colour has beocme completely unpredictable. The colour gamut for CMYK is obviously much more constrained than RGB. What a relief to know how to get InDesign to display swatches correctly (more limited if CMYK, in their full glory if RGB for digital). Thank you very much for the time spent and for sharing. Really appreciate an informed, useful answer.