This a flower which I created using a watercolour brush in Illustrator:

But when I saved it as a PDF, the colour changes like below:

  • What are your color settings and what PDF settings are you using? I assume you're converting so some other color space/profile (Also, I assume you're talking about the actual flower rather than the background?)
    – Cai
    Jun 28, 2017 at 20:09
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    Surely the PDF isn't randomly adding that blue and green background. Do those change the appearance in Illustrator? I.E. if the flower pedals have transparency in them... that blue background would show through.
    – Scott
    Jun 29, 2017 at 0:33
  • Maybe you can provide link to the source .ai file? Jan 4, 2019 at 9:28

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There could be a few things causing this.

As mentioned above, your colour profile you are using. Quality of the PDF PDF viewer There seems to be a lot of texture in the petals, is PDF best? Can you not use a hi-res jpeg?

Hope that helps.

  • Wouldn't that be better an comment?
    – Mensch
    Oct 17, 2017 at 15:43
  • Hi Kurt, it won't let me comment on his questions, only an answer. I'm happy for you to copy and paste it as a comment yourself, and then I can delete my answer. Oct 19, 2017 at 7:05

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