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Colors are lighter than should be when entering specific rgb, hex or cmyk codes

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Whenever I look up a color's code and enter it the color is never the right color -- it's always lighter, as far as I can remember. 

I've actually had this issue for the year or so I've used Affinity Designer. But I have a new computer and thought that might make a difference, but no.

I was watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvm9tXiKP4g&ab_channel=DetourShirts and that reminded me to check this issue on my new computer, a MacBook Pro Max running macOS Monterey Version 12.0.1.

I checked AD for updates, and it says I'm up to date -- AD v. 1.10.4.

RGB code. You can see that I've entered the same values but with a different result. Same for HEX, CMYK and even the PANTONE color.













I searched in Swatches for Pantone Formula Guide Solid Coated V4 (as done in the video) and the correct color appears below, but when I click on it the color is lighter, as in all the other examples above. 

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When I use the color picker it gives me a completely different code. Here's one example:



When I installed AD on my new computer I didn't change the default. (I don't understand any of what it means, anyway.)



If anyone can reply, please do so in simple language; I know nothing technical about color spaces, etc., lol.

Thank you! 








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Hi Blackitt,

Welcome to the forums :)

Does this occur with all files or just the one in your example? If its just that file please could you provide a copy of it so I can try this at my end?


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On 1/17/2022 at 7:36 AM, Callum said:

Hi Blackitt,

Welcome to the forums :)

Does this occur with all files or just the one in your example? If its just that file please could you provide a copy of it so I can try this at my end?




This was just the latest example. Anytime I've ever tried to use a color code of any kind, the color is always off. 

I hoped a new computer would fix the issue, but it hasn't.

Thank you.

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