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I usually create figures using something like Matlab or Python; then I use Illustrator for final touch-ups and things. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble with the colorbars when I open my figures in CS3 (ancient, I know...)

My colormaps come from For example, I'm trying to use a divergent, 11-class scheme expressed in RGB values. It's a simple red-yellow-blue scheme that looks quite nice with my data. Unfortunately, when I open my figure in Illustrator, the colorbar is a wreck:

Messed-up colorbar as seen in the Illustrator window

As you can probably tell, I don't really know what I'm doing in Illustrator! I only use it to create simple schematics or make small changes to figures. What's weird is that the colors in my figure look fine; it's just the colorbar that is messed up. How can I fix my colorbar? Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.

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try go to View->Proof setup and choose sRGB... (I am on CS6, so probably you have other options) – Ilan Apr 9 '14 at 15:29
Open the file in Acrobat rather than Illustrator (which may or may not work) and check to see if the bar is okay there. – Scott Apr 9 '14 at 17:31
@Ilan, As you suggested, I went to View -> Proof Setup and sRGB (IEC61966-2.1), and it didn't change the colorbar. I tried a few other options randomly (including Mac RGB, Windows RGB, and Monitor RGB). Unfortunately my colorbar didn't change. – user21693 Apr 10 '14 at 7:46
@Scott, the colorbar looks fine in Acrobat. It's only messed up when I open it in illustrator. – user21693 Apr 10 '14 at 7:48

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