Gradient colors disappear in PDF file

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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.

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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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Gradient colors disappear in PDF file

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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,

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

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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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I’ll try that.

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

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

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

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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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