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I'm developer; I use Windows but my designer uses Mac. Whenever he sends a graphic file to me (.psd and .ai files) the colors show differently on Mac and Windows, even if I take the color code from color picket [sic].

Is there any solution to this? I want to set my Windows 7 color scheme in that way so I can get the same color as a Mac.

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It sounds like the issue is (yet again) monitor calibration. If you're using the same color profile (sRGB, etc.) the values will be the same regardless of the OS used.

You and your designer should agree on a color profile (there are many, many profiles and they're mostly OS independent) simply for the sake of consistency. Since color is part of design I'd let them take the lead in that part. Color profile can't really be set in the OS; it really comes into play with browsers and print materials.

If you're concerned about the display not matching you could always calibrate your monitor with a calibration tool. Unfortunately, even if your display matches that of your designer's it's not going to match what's out there in the real world - no one outside of design studios really calibrates their monitors so despite your hard work it's always going to look different on end-users' displays.

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This is not the case for me. Me (using windows) and a coworker (using mac) have the same image test that we base the darkness/lightness of the image we are working on. In his mac computer; our test image is darker and the image we are working on is lighter. But when we bring it to my computer, operated by windows, the test image is lighter and the image we are working on is darker. it cannot be color calibration. The image we are trying to fix is being manipulated on my computer (windows) using Photoshop CS6 –  user15807 Oct 6 '13 at 5:22
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This isn't a Windows vs. Mac issue, especially if your designer is on the latest OS X platform. The last upgrades have brought OS X in line with the international graphics display standards, so Win and Mac both use the same gamma setting.

I would suggest that in the Wonderful World of Web Wizardry this color difference is not a bad thing. As lawndartcatcher says, every visitor's screen will display the site differently, so the fact that you have at least two different views of the design works in your favor. Recording engineers usually have a couple of crappy players and speakers around to check how a particular mix will work in the real world. It's not a ridiculous idea to do something similar for web dev.

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