Here I'm using the same color settings for both Illustrator and Photoshop and the same color for my shapes - #0441f0, but they look very different. Any ideas?

Take a look at the screenshot. Left is Ai, right is PS:

left is Ai, right is PS

  • Looks like your AI document is CMYK and your PS document is RGB... is that right?
    – Cai
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:15
  • Illustrator is very stubborn when it comes to color modes. Make sure you create Ai file from the start in the desired mode and not switch to different one mid work. AI can't handle it like PS does. Jun 16, 2017 at 9:54
  • yes that's right. I had different color modes. Now everything makes sense
    – Slavi
    Jul 4, 2017 at 12:01

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From your screenshot, and going by the amount of dulling on the blue in AI, it looks like you have a mismatch between colour modes. I can see your PS document is in RGB mode, and although I can't tell for sure, it looks like your AI document is in CMYK mode.

Make sure both PS and AI are in the same colour mode when you create the documents.

In Illustrator set up your colour proofing to the following settings if in RGB mode. Proof Set Up: Internet Standard (sRGB). Proof Colours option enabled.

In PS set up the same.

Here's a screenshot showing two captures of two shapes filled with #0441f0 in RGB mode. Both documents are in RGB mode. The colours displayed by PS and AI are identical.

Screenshot of PS and AI colours side by side

If instead you want to use CMYK mode ensure both PS and AI documents are in that mode. Set up the Proof Setup to Working CMYK, and Proof Colours enabled in both applications. Note that the colour will look very different in CMYK since the RGB colour you have chosen is out of gamut for CMYK printing.

For comparison, here's the same in CMYK. Obviously this is a screenshot in RGB mode simulating CMYK.

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  • Thanks so much for your help. You are 100% right :))). Thanks again
    – Slavi
    Jul 4, 2017 at 12:02

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