Photoshop CC: Colours look different vs other programmes

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • (Edited)
Beginner here - I'm changing the colour of an icon (png) from black to white. However, the colour shows up as grey. It also happens for other colours -- when I change the icon to a specific colour, then (for example) place it in a PowerPoint slide with a similarly coloured background, the icon is always off-colour. How can I change how the colours appear on Photoshop?
Photo of Ace

Ace

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 2 years ago

  • 1
Photo of christoph pfaffenbichler

christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

  • 1225 Posts
  • 172 Reply Likes
What are your Edit > Color Settings? 
I assume the pngs do not have an embedded profile? 
(Edited)
Photo of Ace

Ace

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Hi, Christoph - It's North America General Purpose 2 (sRGB, US Web Coated SWOP v2), Dot Gain 20% for both Gray and Spot). Photoshop also asks me everytime whenever there are profile mismatches/missing profiles.

Yes, the pngs don't have an embedded profile. Do I assign any specific profile?

I also realise that I left this out in my query - this only happens whenever I'm using the paint bucket tool to recolour the icon. (If I use the magic wand and the brush tool, the colour shows up exactly as it should.)

Photo of Mark Heaps

Mark Heaps, Champion

  • 62 Posts
  • 24 Reply Likes
Lots of things here that make this hard to answer. But some tips as you're learning.

One, PowerPoint uses sRGB as it's color profile. So your document workspace should be in sRGB for your PNGs.

If you want to colorize something in Photoshop there are literally thousands of ways to do that. But for a PNG icon, you're best bet is to lock the transparency on that layer (I'm assuming your PNG has transparency), and then write down the RGB values from PPT that you want. Go back to Photoshop, using the color picker, set those RGB values. (If you're working in sRGB, they'll map the same). Now choose Edit>Fill and for Contents use Foreground color. This is the one you just mixed.

When you fill, it should only color the icon because you locked the transparency on its layer.

So in a nutshell.

Get the color you want from PPT
Make those colors your foreground color in PS
Lock the transparency on your icon layer. It's a button in the upper left area of the layers panel
Use Edit > Fill > Contents > Foreground

Now resave your PNG and you should be fine.
Photo of Ace

Ace

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Thanks, Mark - these are the steps I do before saving the file and placing it on a PowerPoint slide.
Photo of Mark Heaps

Mark Heaps, Champion

  • 62 Posts
  • 24 Reply Likes
Can you upload the file somewhere to share with us? Maybe we can figure it out with the reference file. It's very strange it's only happening with the paint bucket tool. Funny moment, I struggled to find the paint bucket it's been so long since I've used it. :)

Is there a chance your paint bucket tool settings have a blend mode or something else applied to them?
Photo of Ace

Ace

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes