The title pretty much says it all. pagecolor seems to treat the options white and none differently, in particular because none doesn't work with package crop. What would be the reasons to use none instead of white and vice-versa? Will any of them lead to a larger pdf or to differences when printing?

  • print your document on black paper, you will see a difference Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 10:32
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    @DavidCarlisle - Are there printers that can print white ink? Mixing cyan magenta and yellow on an inkjet is basically the same as black. Commented Feb 19, 2023 at 15:43

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  • pagecolor=none is the default, and it means, there is no background (can be thought of as transparent background)
  • pagecolor=white explicitly sets the background color to white

You can see the difference, if you insert the resulting PDFs to another document, with a non-standard background color. In the example below, I inserted pagecolor_white.pdf and pagecolor_none.pdf to a document with yellow background.

A normal use case for this are beamer presentations with a background color other than white, where you want to insert PDFs with transparent background or explicitly need the white background.

Regarding the file size, it can be expected, that a PDF with specific background color is minimal but negligibly (~ 1 KB) larger than a PDF with pagecolor=none (or without the pagecolor package).


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\usepackage[pagecolor=none]{pagecolor} % As `none` is the default, you don't realy need this package here.






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