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How do I match colors with inserted pictures in Word?

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In Word 2003, I am trying to match the colours of filled shapes and text to

the colours of imported graphics. I can't figure out which RGB colourspace

Word uses - for example: I have saved a graphic with colour R220, G220, B20

in three different colourspaces (colormatch, sRGB, AppleRGB) and also filled

a Word shape with R220, G220, B20 - but the word shape doesn't match any of

the imported graphics.

many thanks, in advance.

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    • In general, Word doesn't handle colours as well as a photo editing program,

      and some colours print out completely differently on deskjets than they do on

      colour lasers, particularly in the red/brown ranges. Whether the colours

      match depends a lot on your printer settings, print drivers, toner quality

      etc.

      If you have a program like Adobe PhotoShop then you can open the graphic in

      this and maybe find out the RGB values that way.

      "Dwayne Smith" wrote:

      > In Word 2003, I am trying to match the colours of filled shapes and text to

      > the colours of imported graphics. I can't figure out which RGB colourspace

      > Word uses - for example: I have saved a graphic with colour R220, G220, B20

      > in three different colourspaces (colormatch, sRGB, AppleRGB) and also filled

      > a Word shape with R220, G220, B20 - but the word shape doesn't match any of

      > the imported graphics.

      > many thanks, in advance.

      #1; Wed, 28 May 2008 21:00:00 GMT
    • Thanks for your time Genine

      I agree that Word doesn't handle colours very well

      The problem is - if I use exactly the same RGB values in both programs

      (photoshop and Word) - I get different colours (ie. the colour in the Word

      shape is not the same as the colour of the graphic imported into Word)

      And this occurs irrespective of the photoshop RGB colourspace (eg.

      colormatch, sRGB, CIE RGB, Adobe RGB, etc) - so perhaps there's some other

      proprietary "Microsoft RGB" ?

      It seems that it is just something we will have to accept - and move on to

      more important matters - like when's the next coffee?

      thanks again

      d.

      "Genine" wrote:

      [vbcol=seagreen]

      > In general, Word doesn't handle colours as well as a photo editing program,

      > and some colours print out completely differently on deskjets than they do on

      > colour lasers, particularly in the red/brown ranges. Whether the colours

      > match depends a lot on your printer settings, print drivers, toner quality

      > etc.

      > If you have a program like Adobe PhotoShop then you can open the graphic in

      > this and maybe find out the RGB values that way.

      > "Dwayne Smith" wrote:

      #2; Wed, 28 May 2008 21:01:00 GMT
    • On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 19:29:01 -0700, Dwayne Smith

      <DwayneSmith.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

      >The problem is - if I use exactly the same RGB values in both programs

      >(photoshop and Word) - I get different colours (ie. the colour in the Word

      >shape is not the same as the colour of the graphic imported into Word)

      >And this occurs irrespective of the photoshop RGB colourspace (eg.

      >colormatch, sRGB, CIE RGB, Adobe RGB, etc) - so perhaps there's some other

      >proprietary "Microsoft RGB" ?

      I've noticed, when trying to get pictures out of a Word document, that

      colors in the picture will be altered. So, it appears to me that Word

      changes the RGB values in a picture--adding a layer of confusion and making

      color matching next to impossible. It may very well be that there _is_ some

      sort of proprietary Microsoft RGB, but until they make it public or someone

      deciphers it, it remains another reminder that Word is, after all, just a

      word processing program (as I'm often reminded in trying to make font colors

      match company standards).

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      #3; Wed, 28 May 2008 21:02:00 GMT
    • > I've noticed, when trying to get pictures out of a Word document, that

      > colors in the picture will be altered. So, it appears to me that Word

      > changes the RGB values in a picture--adding a layer of confusion and making

      > color matching next to impossible...

      Remember that when a graphic is imported into Word, it's not like you have

      some "wrapper" around the original graphic object. In Word 2000, at least,

      Word natively stores JPEG images and converts all raster formats to portable

      network graphics (PNG).

      #4; Wed, 28 May 2008 21:03:00 GMT
    • On Sat, 18 Sep 2004 17:26:47 -0400, Tim Murray <no-spam.ms-word.todaysummary.com.thankyou.com> wrote:

      >Remember that when a graphic is imported into Word, it's not like you have

      >some "wrapper" around the original graphic object. In Word 2000, at least,

      >Word natively stores JPEG images and converts all raster formats to portable

      >network graphics (PNG).

      Since JPEG is a raster format, I don't get the distinction you're making.

      And since PNG is not palletized, there would be no reason for any color

      conversion when the format is changed.

      #5; Wed, 28 May 2008 21:04:00 GMT
    • "CAndersen (Kimba)" wrote:

      > I've noticed, when trying to get pictures out of a Word document, that

      > colors in the picture will be altered. So, it appears to me that Word

      > changes the RGB values in a picture--adding a layer of confusion.........

      > ...it remains another reminder that Word is, after all, just a

      > word processing program (as I'm often reminded in trying to make font colors

      > match company standards).

      Exactly what I am finding too - unfortunately our clients would like to use

      Word to do stylish report covers and whatnot, to match their brochures, etc.

      And there is no logical or technical reason why they should not be able to

      do this - even in a word processing program.

      It remains another reminder that monopoly = lethargy and apathy

      many thanks for your time

      d.

      #6; Wed, 28 May 2008 21:05:00 GMT
    • Hi Dwayne,

      There can be a number of factors in this, including the version

      of Word, the printer driver and its settings (including the

      ICM color matching profile selecte) and the graphics card drivers

      and the settings for color on the particular computer involved

      in viewing/printing the file.

      If you're trying to match a Pantone color or use a CMYK based

      graphic there won't be a direct correlation in Word that's easy

      or reliable.

      If you create a basic purple square in Word, in Photoshop or

      other graphic app using RGB of 120/40/200 (#7828C8) and use

      a color checker eyedropper tool, such as Colorcop

      http://www.datastic.com/tools/colorcop/proposal.php

      and check the onscreen colors between what you have in Word

      and your other app, do you get a variance?

      Word is still 'text reflow' based software rather than

      graphics page layout oriented.

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      <<"Dwayne Smith" <DwayneSmith.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

      news:F4567C24-0A74-409B-960E-2C4D2B29B712.ms-word.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      Exactly what I am finding too - unfortunately our clients would like to use

      Word to do stylish report covers and whatnot, to match their brochures, etc.

      And there is no logical or technical reason why they should not be able to

      do this - even in a word processing program.

      It remains another reminder that monopoly = lethargy and apathy

      many thanks for your time

      d. >>

      Bob Buckland ?:-)

      MS Office System Products MVP

      *Courtesy is not expensive and can pay big dividends*

      #7; Wed, 28 May 2008 21:06:00 GMT