Windows 7 64-bit / CorelDraw X4 Educational Version with Service Pack 2 installed
My issue is quite a big problem. I was working on a file last night and had objects Powerclipped into an object. Next thing I know, the colors are all completely off. They just changed on their own. I don't know if I saved the file and it just did this, or if it just did it on its own. But it always seems to be related to the Powerclip. This isn't the first time I've lost information using X4's Powerclip.
The scarier part is that it seems to be affecting multiple documents of mine that have used the same color. We're talking about months of work. I don't know what to do and I don't want to touch the files until I see if anyone has any solutions or suggestions.
Here is my first post on the subject nearly 2 years ago http://coreldraw.com/forums/t/22220.aspx
Also, this isn't the first time colors have just changed on me after closing a document and reopening it. I've set colors to RGB black and when I've reopened it at a later time, it changes to R:2 G:2 B:2
Tonight I'm going to try and uninstall X4 and reinstall and see if it remedies the issue. If that doesn't work, I'm going to try a different version, perhaps downloading a trial of X6 and see if it corrects the issue.
CorelDraw X4 had a bug that could result in color management turned completely off during some operations. This would lead to the drastic change in color appearance, particularly for CMYK colors. This would not affect actual document colors though, i.e. color numbers would stay the same, X4 would just show them incorrectly. The only problem would be if one does not resolve the situation and proceeds to convert colors from RGB to CMYK or vice versa with color management still off. The issue happened in X3 and Draw 12 as well, a lot of scenarios have been fixed in X4 SPs, but apparently not all of them. To resolve the problem, go to Tools/Color Management and select Default setting ( or whatever setting you used before problem happened) - in any case the arrow from the center icon to display icon has to be enabled.
It was also possible for color picker to show color values off by 1 or 2 due to interpolation rounding, again it would not affect actual colors value in the document. The only exception are bitmaps that had JPEG compression applied, this might change color numbers slightly.
These issues have been resolved completely in X5 with the change in color management architecture.
I just switched to the default color management and it showed the colors the correct way in a flash! WHEW!!
Thanks for the tips! I'm so glad months of work wasn't just corrupted and it was a simple fix. I have used X5 at my previous employer for awhile and really enjoyed the color management vs X4s. Probably time to get an upgrade at home. Thanks again!