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  10 October 2013
Question Colors off between OS X and Win 7?

Hi everyone,

I spent most of today trying to solve this, and I'm still confused:

I'm working on a digital illustration in Photoshop CS6. Did most of the work on a Win7 machine, then decided to edit it on my Mac. When I opened the PSD file on Mac, the colors were off - darker and more saturated than the same file on Win7. Here is what I know:

- The file in question was in CMYK from the start. It's still CMYK on both machines.
- Color profiles (both working space and embedded) are the same on both Mac and PC, for both RGB and CMYK.
- Same file saved as JPEG looks the same on Mac, but not as PSD.
- Same JPEG opened up on the web(through Chrome) looks even darker than in Photoshop.
- When I turned on "Proof Colors" on the Mac and set that to RGB, it looks just like on PC.
- Tried calibrating PC monitor, when the file finally looks like it does on the Mac, the rest of Windows looks like crap - over saturated and too bright.

I tend to think that my Mac displays the colors correctly. But how can I work on the same file on two machines and keep the colors relatively the same. I just don't understand why a file with the same CMYK and color profile looks so different. Could my PC display be the culprit (it's a laptop display if it makes any difference)?

What do you think? Anything else I could do? I appreciate any info on this.


Alexei. B
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