After invoking the 'color' package with the command


I defined a new color using CMYK values. More specifically, I set


However, the color rendered in the document is not the same with color rendered in, say, Adobe Photoshop. To be more precise, I opened the PDF file in Photoshop and checked the CMYK values there, and Photoshop says the color in my document has CMYK values {.25,.08,.04,0}. Can anyone give me some clue on what's going on?

(By the way, I compiled my document on both Mac and Linux machines, and they produce the same color.)

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    What CMYK values do you get from the different approaches?
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 5:45
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    A full minimal example would also be good here, I think
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 7:23
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    would xcolor work any better? Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 11:30
  • Is the issue on a page with transparent objects? If yes, try adding \pdfpageattr {/Group << /S /Transparency /I true /CS /DeviceRGB>>} Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 18:15
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    I’d guess that color and Photoshop use different color profiles.
    – Caramdir
    Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 23:31

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This is not a perfect answer, but I did find a work around to my problem. Instead of defining the color using CMYK values, I tried defining it using RGB values:


The original definition has RGB values (149,172,207) in terms of 0-255 scale. The rendered color is the same as I wanted; I opened the document with Photoshop, and the Photoshop says that the rendered color has RGB values exactly (149,172,207).

So my conclusion is that the 'color' package is not perfect in rendering colors using CMYK values.

Further experiment, however, shows that not all RGB definitions work well. It seems that the definitions using the RGB values for the so called web-colors work best.

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    Slightly tangential: instead of {rgb}{.582,.672,.809} you can pass the arguments {RGB}{149,172,207} instead. Also note that the argument for the RGB model runs from 0 to 255, not 1 to 256. Commented Oct 5, 2010 at 23:28
  • I see, so by using capital letters, I don't have to convert them into fractions. (I changed the RGB scales in my posting above by the way.)
    – user11126
    Commented Oct 7, 2010 at 1:57

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