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

Gary L. Gray glgray at me.com
Mon Mar 11 20:02:56 EDT 2013

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.

Gary