Color values change between Illustrator and InDesign
I've googled and searched here for an answer to my question but haven't been able to find anything.
I designed several pieces of collateral, all using the same single color. Some of the pieces I designed in Illustrator, and one in InDesign.
The problem is, when I copy and paste the yellow color value (whether it's RGB or CMYK - I've tried both ways), it CHANGES between Illustrator and InDesign. The color stays the same between Illustrator documents, but if I C+P from InDesign - or vice versa - the color value literally changes before my eyes. And I don't mean it just "looks" different, the actual number changes.
Here's a real example:
Drew a box in Illustrator and chose the color #f8f1e0 / 2% 3% 12% 0%. Drew a box in InDesign, C+P'd the color values into it, and it DID change to the correct color for an instant. Clicked okay. Clicked back into the color picker and the color is now #f8f1e1 / 2% 3% 11% 0%.
If it's relevant, it seems the color will change to a marginally darker one every time.
And yes, both documents STARTED OUT as CMYK documents, and stayed that way. I also have my colors synchronized via Bridge. I'm working on CC 2015 and all programs are up to date.
Any clue what could be happening? Thank you in advance.
You have to use the same color settings (for RGB and CMYK) in both software. I suggest you to use FOGRA39 (or FOGRA27) profile for CMYK and sRGB profile for the RGB colorspace.
Edit > Color Settings... and set the right color settings for all CC software.
But, as said, you can't paste hex color value inside a CMYK colorspace. Instead, just copy the right color values.