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Hi all,

This is apparently a simple problem but I've no idea of the answer. Basically, why do I set one (RGB) colour in AffPub but see another on screen? And, before you leap to tell me, I don't think it's what you think.

Here's my partial screendump.


You can see I've set RGB 70,22,100, but the colour picker sees it as 75,6,100.

If I export the page to PDF the purple changes to blue —


— which the picker sees as 33, 0, 100. Noticeably different, but in fact this is what the AffPub RGB settings I used SHOULD produce. 

What I sent to my mate for discussion is this —


These don't actually look much different but they are. 

I initially assumed I needed to adjust my screen settings but now, having talked it through with My Mate Mike, since I can see the difference on the same screen, and since he can also see a visible difference on his machine, and has also checked the visible colour difference, I don't see how it can be that.

Incidentally, if I use (a very old version of) Paint Shop Pro, RGB 70,22,100 produces this —


— just like AffPub does, and if I save a pdf I get —


—so maybe it is something to do with my setup after all?

This all arose because I couldn't seem to produce a nice purplish purple in the PDF I want. It's easily remedied, by setting a redder purple, but now we both want to know —

— has anyone else come across this?

— how do we make it right?

Thanks in advance.


[If I produce a rectangle with the same RGB settings in AffPhoto I get —


— and the picker sees this as 74, 0, 101, which is quite different from the AffPhoto setting.]

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could you please provide

  • a afpub document where the issue is reproducible?
  • Screenshots of all relevant color profiles
    • Monitor (OS settings)
    • document setup
    • In case of placed images, source images 

In case your document uses any other profile except sRGB, this is partially expected behavior.

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Many thanks for your screenshots provided!

This is likely due to the custom colour profile assigned to your monitor, through Windows - 

2 hours ago, dbrear said:


Can you please select 'Add', then choose the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 profile (as shown in my screenshot) and then set this as the Default profile.


Now, restart the Affinity app and try exporting once again - does this resolve the colour differences in the export? :) 

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Well, I honestly didn't think it would, but it has!

PDF on the left, AffPub on the right. Thank you VERY much Dan! Colour picker picks up a VERY slight difference but insignificant.

I really did not see how it could be a screen problem, so good job someone knew better than me (not for the first time)

Isn't this an excellent forum? When I'm advising people to try Affinity products I always mention the help we get in the forums.

Take care,


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