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Why is stroke in my exported PDF black while it's gray in Inkscape?

This is how it looks in Inkscape:

sample with grey letters

However, the exported PDF stroke become black inside:

sample with black letters

How can I fix this?

Here is my Inkscape file just incase that you want to check it.

EDIT: I think I found the explanation. Somehow I added stroke paint to a flat color and it causes the problem.

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  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE I can't reproduce the problem using your file. The SVG and PDF look exactly the same as your first example image. How are you viewing the PDF? Try using Adobe Reader.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 16 at 22:16
  • @BillyKerr I tried both Adobe Reader and Forxit reader and both show the problem. Also it's visible from the image above if you zoom in a bit? I also tried with Inkscape in both my PC and laptop and have the same problem.
    – hana
    Jul 16 at 22:19
  • I'm using a Windows PC (Win 10), Adobe Reader DC, and the latest Inskcape (1.2). Sorry, but I just can't reproduce the problem. Here is what the PDF looks like zoomed in. - are you exporting the PDF directly from Inkscape? Are you using File > Save As?
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 16 at 22:24
  • I think I found your problem. I've added an answer now!
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 16 at 22:30

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I think I've found the problem. At first I couldn't reproduce this, but I can if I use the Export panel for exporting the PDF.

The Export panel PDF export is really brand new functionality. Wouldn't surprise me if this is a bit buggy. If so, you should perhaps report it.

To fix it, do File > Save As instead. The issue is not present in a PDF exported in this way.

Here's the PDF viewed zoomed in, using "Save As" for the export method.

enter image description here

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  • I think I found the explanation. Somehow I added stroke paint to a flat color and it causes the problem.
    – hana
    Jul 17 at 4:49
  • @hana - but that shouldn't really cause a problem.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 17 at 7:39
  • I think it is as I deleted that and it also solved the problem.
    – hana
    Jul 17 at 7:48
  • @hana Yes, but adding a stroke to letters should not cause a problem when exporting a PDF. This sounds like a bug.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 17 at 7:50
  • You're probably right. I'm not quite sure about that.
    – hana
    Jul 17 at 9:13

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