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

V.Yu. Shavrukov v.yu.shavrukov at gmail.com
Tue Mar 12 04:11:16 CET 2013

Hi, Gary,

On Mar 12, 2013, at 01:02, Gary L. Gray <glgray at me.com> wrote:
> On Mar 11, 2013, at 6:34 PM, "V.Yu. Shavrukov" <v.yu.shavrukov at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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}
>>
>> leads to the following situation:
>>
>> 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.
>
> I’ve seen this same behavior with some gradients in Illustrator CS6. It appears to be a problem with PDFKit and Dick Koch has submitted a bug report to Apple about it.

Thanks.  Of course, if I save from Illustrator as PDF 1.3 then it works, but this kind of defeats the purpose as practically everything is rasterized.

best,
V.Yu.