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Is it possible to render a PDF in sepia tones, both the font color and overall document background? Preferably using pdflatex.

The final effect could be something like this screenshot of Pocket in sepia mode.

Screenshot of Pocket app with sepia theme

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What do you mean exactly? Font color, backgrounds, figures or something different? Do you have an example picture of what you want to achieve? – Tom Bombadil Jun 19 '12 at 10:13
@benregn To do this well, you need to colour the font. Maybe you can use the chikenize package. – Keks Dose Jun 19 '12 at 10:36
@TomBombadil: I added a screenshot. KeksDose: I cannot seem to find that package. – benregn Jun 19 '12 at 10:48
From the "Fishing with dynamite" series: we could submit the final .pdf file to ImageMagick's convert and apply the -sepia-tone effect, say $ convert -sepia-tone 80% -density 400 mydoc.pdf -resize 25% newdoc.pdf. The drawback of this approach is that ImageMagick will convert every single page of the document to an image, apply the sepia effect and then add it to the final .pdf file (not to mention the huge file size). Some screenshots from Marco's mdframed manual: here and here. :) – Paulo Cereda Jun 19 '12 at 11:40
@PauloCereda: Hehe, nice one! – Jake Jun 19 '12 at 12:29
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With the standard xcolor package, you can set the background color of your document using \pagecolor, and the text color using \color.

Here's a sample using the colors from your screenshot:



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Sepia color exists; \usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor} \color{Sepia} and for the background I like \definecolor{fondpaille}{cmyk}{0,0,0.1,0} \pagecolor{fondpaille!90!black} – Alain Matthes Jun 19 '12 at 16:13

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