If you are preparing a large report or a presentation and your drafts and charts come from many people who used various software and program settings to produce them, it is no wonder that color consistency is totally missing in the images. While often you just leave it as it is and proceed with the preparation of the report or the presentation, sometimes you must take measures to correct the colors in the bunch of drafts and charts you acquired from your co-workers.
Color consistency is one reason why you would like to unify the colors in the the bunch of drafts and charts. For instance, imagine that all drafts and charts use your company logo but because of unknown reasons the logo’s colors look different on different graphs. You just can’t leave this like that.
Or imagine that your company uses specific colors to identify specific items. Product A is always shown in red on graphs and charts and this has been so for years but now you see that on some of the graphs and charts you need to put into your presentation Product A looks more dark orange than red and the worst is that orange is the color of Product N. It would be misleading to leave the colors of the drafts and charts as they are, so again you need to do something to fix the colors.
One solution is to make the draft or chart again but with the correct colors. This is not always possible – you might not have the data to make the draft or chart, or the co-worker who has made them might be too busy to deal with your color preferences and to him or her you might just look fussy, rather than a perfectionist.
But sometimes nonstandard colors of drafts and charts are not a matter of being fussy. Yes, it is quite unprofessional to have your logo with different colors on each of your pages but sometimes there are even worse things – such as light text on a dark background – and the worst is that for many CAD/CAM software this is the standard way to display drafts. Probably there are good reasons for displaying drafts on a dark background but for a report, presentation or simply printing the draft you can’t go with this. For a report or presentation the dark background will interfere with readability, while for printing the dark background is a disaster because (in addition to readability) it will take really a lot of ink or toner to print. So, as you see, sometimes you just can’t leave the color mess the way it is!
Nonstandard colors of drafts and charts are relatively easy to fix. You can do it manually but it is a cumbersome task, especially if you have many images that need to be fixed in the same way. It is much better to use automation. Among the programs that can help you replace one color with another is ImageConverterPlus. One of the best features of ImageConverterPlus is that it allows you to replace many colors in many images at once, thus saving you time and efforts.
Author: Ada Ivanova