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My job involves emailing a lot of PDFs to people to print out, so the "update your printer driver" solution doesn't really help me. But what I've founded is that while dotted or dashed lines refuse to print, dotted or dashed sine waves show up fine, even if the amplitude is zero. So I put the following at the top of my document: \usetikzlibrary{snakes} ...


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I just had the same problem. If your figure is not too complex, you can also solve this by changing the order in which you display things (think of a "Send to Back" option), so you can mimic transparency. So in your example, instead of using the opacity option, just fill with fill = black!50 which is 50% black, and make sure you put your rectangle before ...


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I submit to you that this will not copy well. Elements used include: two colors (plus black) contrast of dark and light printing diffraction-grate-like patterns Here is the MWE. You can play with the colors and their intensity. I had five such figures to see the effect of the shift on the copy outcome. The whole design is contained in the preamble. ...



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