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heres the typical scenario:
1. receive or create logo as vector in illustrator
2. create layout on photoshop
3. sometimes create layout in flash
when i copy and paste from illustrator to ps and flash, the colours are fine but when i save for web from photoshop, the colours look washed out and lighter. this becomes a problem because once i place that image onto flash, it looks washed out compared to the one pasted straight to flash from illustrator. also, saving as jpeg from illustrator does the same thing.
im using the same colour profiles on illustrator and ps, flash doesnt have colour settings or does it? the closest i can get it to look the same on ps and on a browser is if i set ps to soft proof with monitor rgb which means i cant use the hex values from illustrator directly to ps.
why cant adobe display proper colours on these programs? whats the point of being able to copy and paste thru the 3 apps if you cant keep the colours consistent once you rasterize or view on a browser?
im tired, i'll explain again if im not making any sense.
use proof setup in photoshop
flash is srgb. if you apply srgb profile in photoshop, it should look the same in flash if you save the image with profile. a straight copy/paste won't retain the profile and will look washed out
maybe you already did this if not.. open adobe bridge and choose the "creative suite color settings.." under Edit.
it will look different on pretty much every other screen in the world anyway so colour consistency is hit and miss at the best of times!
when saving for web change the color setting in the 'save for web window' to standard windows color. this is accessible through the arrow in the top right hand corner of that display window.
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im on cs3 on a mac btw. i never encountered this on cs and cs2 on a pc even if my monitor was calibrated or not.
ive just opened up the same psd file on a pc with cs2 and resaved it as a jpg. it looks fine and not washed out. im gonna go thru the colour settings on cs2 and see if i can replicate them on cs3. according to google, people have been having the same problem with cs3. ive tried the fixes theyve suggested but none of them seem to work for me.
What settings are you using to save to web? If you're letting it set to GIF 256 web safe palette, you're gonna have some problems... post a screenshot or something of your settings.
i find exporting from psd to flash as png gives much better results and allows flash to compress more easily. exporting jpegs to flash won't make the flash file any bigger or smaller than if you use png. just my 2cents.