# [OS X TeX] feathered fill in pdf into pdflatex via TikZ

V.Yu. Shavrukov v.yu.shavrukov at gmail.com
Tue Mar 12 00:34:21 CET 2013

Dear All,

I've got filename.pdf produced in Illustrator (CS6) containing a feathered-fill object.  It displays fine in Preview.

An attempt to include the pdf file into a pdflatex document using

\begin{tikzpicture}[...]
\pgfdeclareimage[...]{localimagename}{filename.pdf}
\draw(0,0)node{\pgfuseimage{localimagename}};
\end{tikzpicture}

When the pdftex-produced pdf is viewed in TeXShop or Preview (6.0.1, OSX 10.8.2), the feathering on the fill is gone.  The feathering is still visible in Adobe Reader though.

I guess I must be dealing with a peculiarity of PDFKit's dealing with pdf-within-pdf.  Could anybody please advise on what I can do differently to make PDFKit see the light?

Converting to .eps is not really an option because of file size.  Also, I seem to need TikZ to introduce some math expressions atop the picture.

best regards,
V.Yu.