[OS X TeX] Illustrator to printing shop via pdflatex

Daniel Becker daniel.becker at uni-rostock.de
Tue Jun 16 19:37:40 EDT 2009

Hallo André

use epspdfconversion:



myimage.eps will be converted "on-the-fly" with epspdf (NOT epstopdf).  
And yes, the extension .eps is there on purpose, but you can also just  
write {myimage}. See the docu for that annoying discussion.

Should work out-of-the-box with Mactex/texlive2008 (updated).


Am 16.06.2009 um 13:15 schrieb André Bellaïche:

> Dear all,
> I have some black or gray level Illustrator EPS files, included in a
> book via pdflatex. I use \usepackage{epstopdf} to convert them into  
> PDF.
> Unfortunately, there is no gray level mode in Illustrator. You have to
> choose between RGB and CMYK.
> Moreover, when the author of the image has left checked the box
> "Display all the blacks as intense black" (I don't know exactly the
> English formulation, I have a French version), some CMY colors may be
> added to the black.
> For one reason or another (RGB mode, CMY colors added to a black
> stroke, some profile added by epstopdf...), at the end, you get a
> message from the printing shop : ``your pdf file contains colour
> images''.
> Does anybody knows the good procedures :
> - to get rid of the colour added in black strokes (in one only time) ;
> - to save an Illustrator file in order that it is considered as a grey
> or black only file by epstopdf (or Distiller), and by all applications
> wihich may have to deal with the output file?
> I use Illustrator CS3.
> Thank you for any help.
> André
> P.S. I have similar problems with Photoshop. This will be the subject
> of anaother post.
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