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Color distorted in pages with pictures uploaded to DOCUMENTS

When uploading a page to GOOGLE DOCUMENTS (for publication by a link from my site),
if the page contains a picture, its color often gets totally distorted, reduced to rough patches of unrelated shades, and unfit to use.
     That happens whether it’s a .doc document or a .pdf one;
whether I have it converted to Google Documents format or I skip the conversion.

Thank you for any help with this.

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I think you'll find that the document itself is unchanged. What is happening is that you are using the Google Docs Viewer to view them (via the view link) which reduces the resolution.
Bas Braams
Bas Braams
I believe that philridout is correct, and indeed the color distortion happens for both PDF files and Word files, as documented for example here [1]. That conversation on the Drive product forum shows an example for PDF and one for Word (*.docx in that case). The files are fine, as can be seen by downloading them and then viewing them using something other than the Drive document viewer.

The Docs+Drive viewer uses only 32 colors for a color image, only 32 grays for a grayscale image, and if the image is diagnosed to be a mix of color and grayscale then only 16 colors and 16 grays are used. The resulting rendition is really awful and therefore one looks for alternatives. One straightforward option is to store the file somewhere other than on the Docs+Drive cloud. Store it and share it on Dropbox, store it on some public web site; just don't store it under http://drive.google.com/. If the file is stored in a non-Drive location and viewed then the regular browser built-in viewer is used and the color rendition is fine. (This is true even if the browser is Chrome.)

Another work-around was found and described by user Maria Silvana under [2]. I have no idea how she found it, but it works. In Maria Silvana's method the pdf file (or Word file, I trust) on the Docs+Drive cloud must be shared "public on the web"; it does not suffice to share it to anyone with the link. Then one modifies the link from the share dialog as follows: replace the header "https://drive.google.com/file/d/" by "https://googledrive.com/host/" and strip away the trailing "/edit?usp=sharing". See the conversation [2] for more.

[1] (2014-01-22) I uploaded a colour PDF to google drive to share it, and the colours look all weird

[2] (2013-12-16) Re: Bad images display in pdf files and doxs.
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