When exporting from InDesign to PDF colors are completely changed

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I am trying to export a file as a PDF and when I open it in preview it completely changes the colors but when I open it in Acrobat its correct. It also has the correct colors when exporting to a JPEG. Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 2.28.56 PM.pngScreen Shot 2020-12-02 at 2.29.24 PM.png

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It looks like you're using transparency. You will never get that stuff to work with preview.

Let me call your attention to the export from InDesign...it's call an Adobe PDF for a reason. There are way too many substandard PDF readers out there for Adobe to be able to support them all.

You're going to either have to totally dumb down the document or tell the recipients to open it Acrobat or Reader.

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When exporting from InDesign to PDF colors are completely changed

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I am trying to export a file as a PDF and when I open it in preview it completely changes the colors but when I open it in Acrobat its correct. It also has the correct colors when exporting to a JPEG. Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 2.28.56 PM.pngScreen Shot 2020-12-02 at 2.29.24 PM.png

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It looks like you're using transparency. You will never get that stuff to work with preview.

Let me call your attention to the export from InDesign...it's call an Adobe PDF for a reason. There are way too many substandard PDF readers out there for Adobe to be able to support them all.

You're going to either have to totally dumb down the document or tell the recipients to open it Acrobat or Reader.

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Preview is absolute trash for proofing PDFs. You've answered your own question...stop using it.

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I understand that and fully agree but my school uses similar software to preview and I need the colors to work in this format in this specific scenario. Any suggestions on things I could try altering in the settings would be a huge help. Thank you.

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What’s the end use—offset print, composite print, or screen?

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I believe it should be a composite print, Normally if we didn't have this epidemic I would've had to print this project out and show it in person but now we just view it as a spreads through Canvas. On the document the only thing that changes color is the images that I placed on the document. When I placed them I used the place tool and then edited them once they were on the document with photoshop to make them grayscale and then I added a swatch over them to make a theme with the colors but now most of the images are either inverted or completely black.

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Here are some more examples the first image being on preview and the second being the correct colors on acrobat.

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It looks like you're using transparency. You will never get that stuff to work with preview.

Let me call your attention to the export from InDesign...it's call an Adobe PDF for a reason. There are way too many substandard PDF readers out there for Adobe to be able to support them all.

You're going to either have to totally dumb down the document or tell the recipients to open it Acrobat or Reader.

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Okay, sounds good!

Thank you!

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