I'm working with MikTex2.9 and I couldn't get rid of this warning message:

Package pgf Warning: Your graphic driver pgfsys-dvips.def does not support fadings. This warning is given only once on input line 31.

By trying this example:

\tikzstyle{ball} = [circle,shading=ball, ball color=red!80!white,  drop shadow=black, minimum size=1cm]
\node [style=ball] {blah blah blah};

I got a .pdf slightly different from the .dvi file (the shadow is a little lighter) and I was wondering if this problem could be linked with the warning or if it's only a problem of the reader (as reported in: Tikz: Strange color change. ).

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

  • @Arianna: why don't you compile to PDF directly? With pdfTeX I don't get that warning.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Commented Dec 13, 2010 at 18:33
  • By compiling to PDF I don't get the warning, but the shadow is always lighter (it should be black) Commented Dec 13, 2010 at 18:39
  • @Arianna: ok, "I got a .pdf slightly different from the .dvi file" just read to me like you created the .pdf from the .dvi (dvips/ps2pdf or dvipdfmx), that's why my pdfTeX suggestion.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Commented Dec 13, 2010 at 18:58
  • from .dvi (with dvips/ps2pdf); from .tex to .pdf with LaTeX => PS => PDF(latex.exe) and with LaTeX => PDF(pdflatex.exe) Commented Dec 13, 2010 at 19:15
  • Which version of TikZ/pgf do you use? 2.0 or 2.10?
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Commented Dec 13, 2010 at 19:18

1 Answer 1


By default the drop shadow is slightly transparent, which often results in unpredictable behavior when rendering via dvi/postscript.

The default settings for the shadow are opacity=.5, fill=black!50, i.e. medium gray and half transparent.

To turn off the transparency use something like drop shadow={black,opacity=1}.

ball with black shadow

  • Thanks Caradmir for your suggestion. Now I get what I expected. Commented Dec 15, 2010 at 12:37
  • @Arianna. As this answer seems to solve your problem, please 'accept' it by selecting the tick you should see under the voting arrows.
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Feb 2, 2011 at 20:36

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