[Pro] Color Matching

I’ve a table with alternating row colors… white and grey e0e0e0.

I have artwork that has a grey background that I’d like to match the e0e0e0 in the FW table. How to do? I’ve tried using the e0e0e0 color in photoshop, then saving for web/PNG8, but when brought in and previewed in browsers, it doesn’t match. Is this possible?

See for example ‘farmhouse’ at:

http://gtrainbuildings.com/specialty.html

thanks.


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This matching is going to depend a lot on how you have Photoshop
configured, because it uses ColorSync and other color-rendering
schemes to try to iron out differences between different rendering
methods like ink on paper, my nice display, a client’s crappy Windows
display, etc. Unfortunately, most browsers completely ignore the
ColorSync stuff, and render a “raw” file. You can simulate this in
Photoshop by choosing the View / Proof Setup / Monitor RGB option
while your document is open. Then use Save for Web to save your target
file rather than Photoshop’s normal Save dialog, and you should get a
file that hews (hah! pun!) to the original color more closely.

Another trick, one which never fails in any browser, is to substitute
a tiny (25px square) block of your PNG for the named color. So where
you have used the named hex color, just change the background to only
use a tiling swatch of an image, with no background color specified.
This takes advantage of the natural tendency for each browser to have
its own independent way with color. By using the same swatch of PNG as
color in both places, there’s no opportunity to screw up. It will
screw up, in some absolute Empyrean Ideal sense of the phrase, but it
will screw up in the same way in both places. So nobody will ever
notice.

Walter

On Apr 4, 2011, at 11:04 AM, peterpica wrote:

I’ve a table with alternating row colors… white and grey e0e0e0.

I have artwork that has a grey background that I’d like to match the
e0e0e0 in the FW table. How to do? I’ve tried using the e0e0e0 color
in photoshop, then saving for web/PNG8, but when brought in and
previewed in browsers, it doesn’t match. Is this possible?

See for example ‘farmhouse’ at:

specialty structures

thanks.


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Thanks again Melrose Walt… wish I knew what you were talking about… will give it a try tho.

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On 4 Apr 2011, 3:30 pm, waltd wrote:

You can simulate this in Photoshop by …

Wunderbar! Owe you TWO pints now!


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