every time I save for web in Illustrator, my colors change. I've looked this up, but every solution I find, the option is grayed out for me. In Edit > Color Settings everything is grayed out. Also edit > Assign Profile is also grayed out. I've changed the document over to RGB from CMYK and it still converts my colors when using "Save for Web". I need to use "Save for Web" because of the easy scalability it has because I need to scale something up in different various sizes. I also noticed in the settings of "Save for Web" that Convert to sRGB is checked and is grayed out so I can't uncheck it.

  • How did you setup your document? – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Feb 26 '16 at 1:58
  • I can't exactly recall the exact settings, but the color mode was set to CMYK and Profile was set to Custom. – ErraticFox Feb 26 '16 at 2:06

Have you tried the options on the "Save for Web" dialog?

How many colors are using in your GIF? Is the option for "sRGB" ticked?

I would set 256 in your Colors and untick the Convert to sRGB option.

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  • What if I was wanting to save a PNG? – ErraticFox Mar 2 '16 at 19:00
  • Same process. Choose "Save for web" but in the drop down select PNG instead of GIF. – Chayemor Mar 3 '16 at 10:34

Converting the doc to RGB is correct, but you also may have to convert individual colours in your palette to RGB. They may be CMYK or even Pantone colours. You may have to change the colour of every object on your artboard. Here's a tip to expedite the process a little: select a 'good' RGB swatch in your palette, and then command-click the 'bad' one it's replacing, so that both are selected. Now in the swatches menu select 'merge swatches' and the 'bad' colour will be replaced by the 'good' colour on every object that has the 'bad' colour applied to it. Both colours have to be global, or both not, for the merge to not be greyed out.

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