I've plotted some data (in R for those that are interested), and exported my plot to PDF to make some final edits to the figure. When I open the original exported PDF in adobe reader, the file displays properly enter image description here

However, when I open the PDF in illustrator the file looks like this enter image description here

I thought this was just a display problem, so made my edits etc. however when I export the final edited figure back to PDF it looks just like it did in illustrator.

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I've had illustrator do something similar before

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but when I exported that plot it comes out the correct way, which is why I thought it might just be a display problem

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I really need the image to have the smooth interpolation between the colours as it was in the original exported PDF. How can I make illustrator keep this information?


  • I'm going to make a wild guess and say that Illustrator is making your art into many clipped rectangles, each one clipping a shape of color which is "<Non Native Art>". Is that what's happening? – Silly-V Dec 5 at 3:07

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