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"Christina L. Jordan" <[log in to unmask]>
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SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 13 Jan 1998 15:26:53 -0800
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>I printed my Quark file as a PostScript file, and our local web
>master then generated a PDF file using Acrobat Reader.  This worked fine,
>except that any object created in Quark that I assigned either a Pantone
>color or a CMYK emulation of a Pantone color appeared as a shade of gray or
>black in the PDF.  Oops!
>I then tried opening up my Quark file, selecting a test Pantone color in
>the file and editing it by changing it from a Pantone model to an RGB
>model, no color separation, figuring that the PDF might not have access to
>Quark's Pantone library specifications.  Still didn't work.  All color in
>the linked CMYK Photoshop scans and any eps files created in Freehand is
>read properly in the PDF; any color created locally in Quark is not.  (I
>did check to make sure that I specified to print the file as color/gray
>scale in the "Print..." dialogue.)
>Many thanks in advance for your time and creative ideas.

You wrote:

I don't want to sound cocky, but that is an easy one (only cause I've done
the same thing myself to many times.)

Quark is very dependant on the printer descriptions when it decides what to
print. This is so it feeds just the type of data your printer needs, and
does not send extra, when it is able to do so.  This speeds up printg a

Check you printed setup, under file.  The Quark Options will show the
printer description you are using.  I bet it is a B&W laserprinter.  Chose
a Printer descrition file for a Color output device and try it again.

The only thing Quark will leave alone are placed EPS images. It passes that
information through untouched. Are the items that did come through to the
PDF in color placed EPS images?  If so I bet that is the problem.

Give a holler back if that doesn't work.


Britt Griswold
Graphics And Publications
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 253  Bldg. 8  Rm. N15
Greenbelt, MD 20771

(301) 286-3381
(301) 286-1705 (FAX)
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You don't sound cocky at all, just KNOWLEDGEABLE!  You were the second of
two respondents to come up with the same suggested solution, which proved
absolutely correct.  My only excuse is that this was the first time I had
printed/saved a file as a PostScript file, and I stupidly assumed that it
didn't matter what printer type I had specified in the "Page setup..."
dialog since I was not printing an actual hard copy out of a device.

I'm sending this reply to you via the list serve because I wanted others
privy to my plight to know that your suggestion did solve this problem. I'm
always impressed that Sciart list serve members consistently and
diplomatically assist graphics-gone-astrays, without making them feel any
more silly than they already do when encountering a head-scratcher

Thanks again so much for your time and gentle dispensing of expertise!


Christina L. Jordan, Principal Illustrator
University of California, Berkeley
College of Natural Resources
Dean's Office
101 Giannini Hall #3100
Berkeley, CA 94720-3100
Phone: 510/642-4167, FAX: 510/642-4612
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