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Why are all my colors dull in Illustrator CS6?


Question

I just installed Creative Suite 6 on my computer. I was working on some artwork for a client in Illustrator and having a hard time getting the right colors. I noticed they were all very dull. So I did some testing, and sure enough, Illustrator is not displaying my colors correctly. The screenshot below shows the color that I picked (bright neon green) and the square to the right is how it is displaying. I tried the same thing in Photoshop and it works just fine.

What's going on here? I never experienced anything like this in CS3. Is there some sort of setup that I need to do with my colors?

Thanks.

Screenshot:

Screenshot of problem

2013/07/11
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7/11/2013 4:03:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You don't specify if you're doing work for display (RGB) or for print (CMYK). That green, with its 100% saturation, would probably cause you problems when printing.

Illustrator is trying to help you. It's trying to keep you from using colors that cannot properly display or print. This is what color management does. The color that you are trying to select is outside the gamut of the color model that your CS6 applications all are now set to use. This was likely changed when you upgraded.

In the color picker screen, there are some controls that you probably never paid any attention to, which I have labeled in the attached image:

Color picker

  1. The little warning symbol to the left of the OK button appears when the color you're specifying is out of gamut.
  2. The box showing what Illustrator suggests converting the color to, to stay within the color model.
  3. A little box icon, which I think is supposed to represent a color model or something.
  4. Another box, which on my CS5 shows the color that is specified in the picker, not the corrected one. Not sure why yours shows the corrected color; maybe CS6 is just EVEN MORE STRONGLY suggesting that you correct the color.

In order to get Illustrator to accept the out-of-gamut color, click 3 or 4 (at least on CS5 I can click 4). You could possibly have an issue with that color displaying consistently across different displays. Since I don't know what you're designing, I can't say how good of an idea that might be.

Or, you can change your color profile. In Illustrator, it's under Edit > Color Settings. You'll probably need to read up on the arcana of color management to determine what is best for you.

2012/10/26
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10/26/2012 10:04:00 PM

I had the exact same issue as you with Illustrator CS6. All you have to do is go under "File", go to "Document Color Mode", and select "RGB". It works! :)

2013/07/11