I would like to use some effects provided by the
shadings library of
tikz. More specifically, I am trying to use the
radial shadings (tikz 2.10 manual, p. 412-).
The resulting pdf looks ok on screen, but causes problems when printing (tried with two different printers). Using the
ball shading causes the printer to stall, showing just "processing.." indefinitely (well, at least for several minutes, for a very simple test figure). The
radial shading makes the shaded node to print out as completely black. The printers stall also when trying to print the pages of the manual that contain examples of these shadings.
The manual does warn about compatibility issues with
fadings, but not directly about issues with
shadings. Apparently similar issues nevertheless apply to shadings also.
a) Is there a way to make the
shadings library to produce printer-friendly output? If not, then
b) Are there safer (but still "simple") alternatives to produce similar effects within
I have tried to play around with
ps2pdf13, but the resulting pdf behaves strangely even on screen (in evince): it looks soft (rasterized?) at certain zoom levels, zooming around is slow, and so on.
pgfplots, I experimented a lot with shadings and printed some of them. I could print even very advanced shadings. In fact, the printer produced better results than many free viewers. Perhaps you can update the printer driver or use a different one.