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"I have a web page with a simple one colour (hex) background. I have created a number of images in photoshop where big rectangular parts of that image are filled with the same colour. The image is then saved for web as a .jpg and placed on the web page.
      In every browser, on every platform in the world this .jpg colour perfectly matches the web page background, but in Safari the colours are WAY WAY WAY off.
      I've been using photoshop for 15 years, and building websites for 8, what am I missing."


Color Shifts from HEX Codes

NOTE Colors must be within a specific range to be browser safe.

  Color on the right, Hex #392725, which is also not an "approved" HEX color code.

Based on the sample provided in the reader's post, the above graphic shows what the two samples looked like in a screen capture. Photoshop identified those colors as: #463136 the desired color, and #392725 the "shifted" color, which is supposed to match #463136

Browser testing: Below the graphic, you see two boxes.
These are generated by CSS using the indicated color codes for the background
These are rendered by your browser.
Already, we can see a shift in the colors when compared to each other, and the Photoshop rendered screen capture.

In order to continue with the exercise, we need the reader's hex codes.
However, some time ago, the Design Center's "Mr. Pixelsmith" talked about a utility called the "Color Converter. If you go to The Site-Point Color Converter, and input these two colors, the results will be a HEX error:
      The warning symbol shows when there is a difference
      between the chosen colour and the base output colour.
      It is important to note that RGB has a far greater range
      of colours than the pigment based RYB colour wheel.

The tool will actually choose the closest match as an RGB section as well as a new HEX code. Just click on the little warning icon.

When you arrive at a specific code that is RGB correct, HEX correct, and keyed into Photoshop's Color Palette, you should get a color that matches the graphic to the browser-rendered background code.

NOTE Reader Browser Testing: For browser comparison purposes, we invite readers to capture a 1-inch (72 x 72 pixel) sample of the TWO SITES referenced at the Photoshop 911 Forum, and send it to us for display on this page.
* Be sure to include the browser and version you're using to view the web site.
* Sample image #1 (called "GOOD")
* Sample image #2, (called "BAD") and
* Sample the site they're supposed to match
      (Click the various icons to see which ones use the "filler" color)

NOTE CONTACT US for specific instructions on how to send in your screen captures.


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