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Publish online color management issues - washed-out colors

Explorer ,
Apr 20, 2017

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I created an InDesign template for my printed photography portfolio, which worked great, no problems. Now I'm trying to share a PDF of the portfolio I created with contact around the country who I can't meet in person. I've figured out how to create a PDF with the correct sizing and layout of pages versus spreads.

The PDF I exported appears to have correct color management, colors look the way the should. However I'm interested in using Adobe's Publish Online as it looks like it may be simpler for my clients to access, but when I look at the published document on the Adobe site, the colors are all washed out, indicating a color management issue. I'm not sure where the issue is occurring, especially as the PDF's I exported look correct.

Indesign CC 2015, OS 10.11.6 Jpgs placed into Indesign document as sRGB, Color Settings RGB set for sRGB.

Any thoughts appreciated!

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Correct answer by rob day | Adobe Community Professional

Here's a mix of objects with different color spaces, and the Transparency Blend Space set to CMYK. ID on the right OSX Firefox on the left—the RGB text object doesn't match:

Screen Shot 13.png

With the blend space set to RGB everything matches:

Screen Shot 14.png

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Publish online color management issues - washed-out colors

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I created an InDesign template for my printed photography portfolio, which worked great, no problems. Now I'm trying to share a PDF of the portfolio I created with contact around the country who I can't meet in person. I've figured out how to create a PDF with the correct sizing and layout of pages versus spreads.

The PDF I exported appears to have correct color management, colors look the way the should. However I'm interested in using Adobe's Publish Online as it looks like it may be simpler for my clients to access, but when I look at the published document on the Adobe site, the colors are all washed out, indicating a color management issue. I'm not sure where the issue is occurring, especially as the PDF's I exported look correct.

Indesign CC 2015, OS 10.11.6 Jpgs placed into Indesign document as sRGB, Color Settings RGB set for sRGB.

Any thoughts appreciated!

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Correct answer by rob day | Adobe Community Professional

Here's a mix of objects with different color spaces, and the Transparency Blend Space set to CMYK. ID on the right OSX Firefox on the left—the RGB text object doesn't match:

Screen Shot 13.png

With the blend space set to RGB everything matches:

Screen Shot 14.png

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 01, 2017

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Any updates to this or a solution?  It looks like a RGB to CMYK color shift for my own "washed out" issue but the shift doesn't happen for pdf output and I can't find where the conflict may be . Monitor is Calibrated and Adobe apps color synched to an RGB profile. even tried just converting doc to a new SRGB profile with no difference in outcome.  Mainly using a lot of photography (RGB) and Publish online has always done this for me ever since it came out and so It has been useless for me but would like to find  solution so I can utilize the feature. 
These are docs that get printed without color issues.

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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2018

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Publish Online appears to be color managing the type elements in InDesign differently than placed graphics or vector elements (besides type), even though they appear the same in the InDesign preview, as well as in the preview created by Publish Online. Adobe, can you PLEASE take a look at this?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 25, 2018

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"Adobe" doesn't read the messages in these forums to look for bugs. The place to report what you think is a bug is the InDesign UserVoice website, which is viewed by engineers and product managers:

Feature Requests/Bugs

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 26, 2018

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Make sure your Transparency Blend Space is set to RGB.

Normally all color gets converted to sRGB on export, but if you have transparency on the page with the blend space set to CMYK, RGB objects might get converted into the document's CMYK profile before the final output conversion to sRGB.

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2018

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Thank you so much, rob--you solved my problem!

For others, note that transparency blend space is located under the Edit menu. If you want to have RGB as your default transparency space (InD seems to default to CMYK), make this change while no file is open.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 26, 2018

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Also, when you create a new document choosing Web as the intent will start the document off with the blend space as RGB and the default swatches will also be RGB.

The blend space can affect final print output values, so you have to consider that if you are going both ways

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May 26, 2018

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Here's a mix of objects with different color spaces, and the Transparency Blend Space set to CMYK. ID on the right OSX Firefox on the left—the RGB text object doesn't match:

Screen Shot 13.png

With the blend space set to RGB everything matches:

Screen Shot 14.png

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Mar 30, 2020

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Hy rob, it works with firefox, bit safari and chrome still present washedout colors. 

Any solutions?

Thanks

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Mar 30, 2020

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Is the document’s RGB Assignment sRGB? Check Edit>Assign Profiles... , not Color Settings RGB Working Space. If the assignment is not sRGB use Edit>Convert to Profile>sRGB.

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New Here ,
Aug 27, 2020

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Hi Rob,

 

I am also having issues. I have tried the transparency effect/opacity levels, as well as adding a tint. The transparency renders as black through the Adobe link and the tint renders as white. I've included some screenshots for you. This is my first time trying to use interactive/animated PDFs but I'd like to use this for presentations in the future and I use transparency A LOT. Any thoughts on a next step here?

 

Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 3.47.57 PM.png

 

Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 3.47.36 PM.png

 

Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 3.47.24 PM.png

 

 

 

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Aug 27, 2020

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Publish Online is all HTML, not PDF and not all transparency effects are supported.

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Aug 27, 2020

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Hmm.. it seems tint works now, I forgot I had a multiply effect on so now it's not white. But thanks for the reminder 🙂

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