Re: Hinky colors in Word 2010

Subject: Re: Hinky colors in Word 2010
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 22:12:47 -0800

Could it be a CMYK vs RGB colour mode issue?


On 2012-03-06, at 8:14 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com> wrote:

> Sorry, that was backwards: The colors in the graphic are changed, not
> the colors in the Word elements. If I select the graphic after it's
> inserted in Word and save it as a picture, the color is still FF8500.
> But on the screen in the document, and also when printed to PDF, it's
> lightened to F3912C. Either way, the colors in the Word elements stay at
> FF8500.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Goldstein
> Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:59 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Hinky colors in Word 2010
> Working in Word 2010, inserting a graphic and putting in a few Word
> elements (borders, etc.) to match it - or so I thought. When I opened
> the graphic in PSP and used the Dropper tool to pull the color that I
> wanted, it measured as FF8500 (Red 255, Green 133, Blue 0). I added the
> elements I wanted on the Word page near the graphic, using that same
> color. They didn't seem to match on the screen, but I figured it was
> just a display thing. Printed them on paper, and they still didn't look
> right. So I printed to PDF and saved that as a PNG. When I opened the
> PNG, the color in the graphic was still FF8500, but the Word elements,
> as I suspected, were wrong; they showed up as F3912C (Red 243, Green
> 145, Blue 44).
> This can't just be a problem of moving across multiple file types, since
> the color in the graphic was preserved as FF8500 all the way through the
> process. Any thoughts?
> TIA,
> Dan

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