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I have a question about sending files from my mac to my clients pc. I am a graphic designer so most of the files I am sending are vector based. My client does not have any software with image-editing or drawing capabilities. I always create a pdf or a jpeg to have them review the file. Is there a way of getting the color not to "wig out" when they view it on their machine? Any info on this would be much appreciated.
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I'm not sure what you mean by "wig out". Vector shouldn't have anything to do with it. If you are creating a PDF of your work, then it should be okay. Do they look alright in the PDF on your machine? What color mode are you using? Assuming you have your color profile calibarted, everything should be fine. What are they using to view your files?

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I am not sure what programs you are using, but if you restrict yourself to the sRGB color space, it will more or less reproduce properly on most PCs. If you use Adobe RGB, you will have trouble, since PCs are not inherently color space aware. So, stick to sRGB and you should be OK.

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Regardless if you use sRGB or Adobe RGB, you're going to get a color shift from computer to computer. Even if you go from Mac to Mac with the exact same monitors.

But, what mac57 posted will help out in the sense of WIGGING OUT. Which, I'm assuming you mean that the colors are WAY OFF.

All the stuff we send out for client proofing is generally in PDF format with the sRGB color profile.

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chicago has it exactly right. Even Mac to Mac, colors can shift unless both the sender and receiver are running well calibrated monitors. In the absence of this though, you will get decent color reproduction if you stick to the smaller and easier sRGB color space. Most monitors do a decent job of it, even though you will definitely see monitor to monitor variation. Your customer will at least see *something like* what you intended!

If you are really keen on having perfect color reproduction, you will need to ensure that both your monitor and your customers monitor are color calibrated properly.

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Thanks so much! I will try these tips tonight and hopefully I will have some good results.
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I am using CMYK (that may be the problem) and the image looks perfect on my screen but when I send it to others it completely switches the colors. (What is red should be blue, etc.)
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