I just calibrated both my monitors using DisplayCal & Spyder5 - I am very happy with colours of the monitors. However, when I load Adobe InDesign CC my reds look awful. (Left is my choosing red - Right is the same red when in the document)

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How can fix this? I have been searching all over - I tried changing profiles and even that didn't work.

Without a fix, all my previous InDesign Documents now look dull.

I just tried (R:255 G:0 B:0) in Adobe Photoshop and it looks a normal red, unlike the red in InDesign.


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    Thats because indesign is previewing what it looks like in CMYK, which indeed is not as bright as red
    – joojaa
    Feb 26, 2018 at 12:16
  • But I never had this issue before I calibrated my screen? How do I stop it from previewing what it looks like in CMYK?
    – Canyon1991
    Feb 26, 2018 at 12:24
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    Disable proofing?
    – joojaa
    Feb 26, 2018 at 13:09
  • Also what colorspace did you calibrate your screen to? And what is your working profile
    – joojaa
    Feb 26, 2018 at 13:11
  • If by Colorspace you mean Tone Curve I set it to Gamma 2.2, Whitepoint: 6500K and White Level: 140. I tried most of working profiles but currently is set to Nort America General Purpose 2. If I disable the working profiles (or set it to 'Emulate Adobe InDesign 2.0 CMS Off') it does display colours correctly. But why has this changed - just because I calibrated my screen? Can I leave it off?
    – Canyon1991
    Feb 26, 2018 at 13:29

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In the end, I had to uninstall and install Adobe InDesign. After that, the issue with the colours is gone.

  • Please don't add "thank you" as an answer. Instead, accept the answer that you found most helpful. - From Review Feb 27, 2018 at 16:46
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    @Ovaryraptor In this case it is an answer to the question though
    – joojaa
    Feb 27, 2018 at 16:59

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