Identifcal colors appear different (washed out) in different files and exports

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May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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I work primarily in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and over the past few months have encountered a confusing issue with identical colors (pantone spot, or HEX) appearing washed out between different files, or after exporting to an image.


The situations are slightly different but I've checked the colors themselves, the color formulas, the color space and color profiles yet in these situations cannot reconcile the color difference that occurs in some cases  either two different files or upon exporting to an image.


As mentioned the colors are identical. They're either pantone solid coated, or use the same CMYK, rgb or HEX formula. The color spaces and color profiles are also the same.


Attached are two screenshots from two different adobe illustrator files showing Pantone 647 C. Both are in the CMYK color space ( U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 ), and just to be sure I've double checked and manually assigned the same color profile. Yet you can see a clear difference in the color vibrancy. When I paste the object from one file to the other the color appears differently in either to spite the identical color settings and specs.


This issue seems like it's only popped up recently so I'm not sure if it's an issue with the latest CC update but it's extremely frustrating as it's cuasing color distortion issues when I go to export images for the web etc.


Any help or insight is appreciated.








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