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Gradient colors disappear in PDF file

Community Beginner ,
Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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I have a yellow gradient on an Illustrator CC project. When I save it as a PDF file the color is not there, just a white space. How can I save the color in PDF?

No problem saving as ai file.

Thanks,

Mary

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020
No need to change color mode, just change the color type of any Spot RGB color swatches that are used in the gradient to Process.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 20, 2021 Mar 20, 2021
The disappearing of colors seems to happen when Process RGB colors are used together with Spot RGB colors in a gradient. A gradient with RGB Spot colors seems to work fine. Actually all colors are still there and appear when Overprint Preview is turned on in Acrobat.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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Was the gradient actually created in Illustrator or is it embedded from Photoshop? What quality did you use? Did you use the High Quality or Press Quality settings? Try it using the PDF/X-4 as the standard.

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you saved me!

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Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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Bill, I’m a newbie. I created the gradient in Illustrator. Where can I check the quality?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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When you save as an Adobe PDF you will get the Save Adobe PDF dialog window. The top pull-down menu next to "Adobe PDF preset:" will have all of the quality settings. The "Standard:" area is where you'd pick PDF/X4

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Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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I’ll try that.

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Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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yes there is no such error saving gradient in pdf file all is posssible...thanks

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That didn’t work. I used PDFX/4:2008

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Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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share your ai file i check it and tell you what is problem

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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hi issue is your document color mode is rgb please change it cmyk then it will be there just use illustrator defualt pdf options....thanks

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pBU_mczVNpVt5yupBLSWP8DIDjSHBvXi

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 16, 2018 Sep 16, 2018

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Perfect!  Works just fine.  Thank you for your help!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 17, 2018 Sep 17, 2018

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Looks like a bug.

The color that disappears is an RGB Spot color used in a gradient.

I do not know why anybody would use an RGB spot color.

The color is still visible when you fill an object with it and you save a PDF, it only disappears in gradients.

When you change the RGB spot color to an RGB process color it becomes visible in the PDF, no need to change color mode.

It is not an Illustrator bug, InDesign does the same when you create a gradient with an RGB spot color.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 17, 2018 Sep 17, 2018

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I had no idea how tricky color modes could be. I’ll study that. I’m making a logo for myself that will be used in print and on the web.

Thank you!

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Dec 18, 2020 Dec 18, 2020

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That doesn't work, converting to cmyk conpletely changes the colors.

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Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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No need to change color mode, just change the color type of any Spot RGB color swatches that are used in the gradient to Process.

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Mar 20, 2021 Mar 20, 2021

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This is the final answer, you helped me a lot, thank you!

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Mar 20, 2021 Mar 20, 2021

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The disappearing of colors seems to happen when Process RGB colors are used together with Spot RGB colors in a gradient.

A gradient with RGB Spot colors seems to work fine.

Actually all colors are still there and appear when Overprint Preview is turned on in Acrobat.

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