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Is there a plugin for any of the Adobe apps or in general that adjust on-screen colors for custom color blindness deficiencies?

This way the affected designer can design seeing the colors clearly and the output would be accurate or correct for normal users and/or printers.

Ultimately, having something on the MacOS level would be the best thing and this way you wouldn't have to on a per-app basis.

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    I don't quite understand this request. If the designer has, for instance, Deuteranopia, no amount of red/green exaggeration is going to make them capable of differentiating red from green. – Tetsujin Apr 26 '19 at 16:41
  • Aren't there glasses for red-green colour blindness? I'm sure I've seen them demonstrated on youtube. Ask your optician about them. I suppose it would depend on what kind of colour blindness you have. – Billy Kerr Apr 26 '19 at 17:31
  • @Tetsujin My thought behind the questions is the ability to adjust color levels to accurately reflect (to the designer) the correct color. Perhaps, there is a test/calibration visually that the designer goes through before using the plugin. I know they have that kind of thing for sound. They go through a test/calibration so that certain frequencies are adjusted for the best possible listening experience. I figured, why not for color blindness. Perhaps I'm looking at in too simplistic terms but never hurts to ask. – ErickP Apr 26 '19 at 17:57
  • @BillyKerr Yes, they do. The one I'm aware of is called "EnChroma". But not sure if that is the best solution. I personally havent' used them so can't vouch for them. – ErickP Apr 26 '19 at 17:59
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    Found this about the EnChroma glasses. phys.org/news/… – ErickP Apr 26 '19 at 18:20
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There is a way where you can preview the design and see how it would look to a person with color blindness. There is an automatic way built inside the Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 (ver 24.0.2). Go to View > Proof Setup enter image description here

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There is no automatic way. And this is probably due color is a subjective thing. You probably are facing specific challenges that need to be solved by different means.

Some options:

  • Prepare custom pallets, that you know that work in general.

  • Study in depth color theory, especially chromatic contrast, harmony, etc.

  • Convert from time to time your files to black and white. To see how they work, then add the color theory on top.

  • Submit a preview to some college for a quick review, take notes and adjust your palettes accordingly.


I insist that programs like Photoshop try to add unnecessary tools, instead of adding some other useful ones.

One tool they lack is a vectorscope. In video, it is used to find the coordinates of the skin tones for example.

Take a look at this specific case: https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/59595/how-can-i-correctly-adjust-skin-color-in-photoshop-when-i-have-a-color-vision-de/82987#82987

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