# Digital vs printed rendering of TikZ pictures

This may be related to printers setup and/or flattening options of pdf files (I have no clue about) so I might be off topic but I would need advice/guidelines on the following problem.

Here is my TikZ picture with dots on the pdf.

Once printed, the dots are replaced with straight lines.

I \includegraphics the pdf of the following standalone TikZ. I don't this it has to do with my diagram itself but in case

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[font=\sffamily,
level distance=1cm,
level 1/.style={sibling distance=2cm},
level 2/.style={sibling distance=3.0cm},
level 3/.style={sibling distance=3cm},
level 4/.style={sibling distance=1.5cm},
]
\node (cash) {Cash}
child { node {Term}
child { node (future) {Futures}}
child { node[top color=red,bottom color=red,rounded corners,minimum height = 0.7cm,text=white] (forward) {Forwards}
child { node {Bonds}
child { node {Fix}}
child { node {Floating}}
}
child { node {Swaps}
child { node {IRS}}
child { node {TRS}}
}
child { node (options){Options}
child { node (vanillas) {Vanillas}}
child { node (exotics) {Exotics}}
}
}
}   ;

\draw[latex-latex, dotted] (forward.west) -- (future.east) ;
\draw[latex-latex, dotted] (forward.north) -- (cash.east) ;
\draw[latex-latex, dotted] (future.north) -- (cash.west) ;
\draw[latex-latex, dotted] (options.north) -- (cash.east) ;
\draw[-latex, dotted] (vanillas.south) to [bend right] (exotics.south) ;

\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

• It says: Undefined control sequence. \aclp... (although this is probably a printer problem) Sep 22 at 9:53
• @Rmano My bad, I left some acro commands. MWE updated and compiling.
– JeT
Sep 22 at 9:55
• Ok, now compiles ok here, without any problem. (Although you had the \aclp{} command in the node names, which is a no-no...) Sep 22 at 9:57
• If a simple \draw[dotted] (0,0) -- (1,0); replicates your problem (you can test it with various line widths and/or dash patterns), then perhaps your printer doesn't support dash pattern. Sep 22 at 10:01
• ...and it prints ok on a Xerox printer. So it's you printer/driver which is the culprit here... Sep 22 at 10:14