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I have a full-color map that I want to print to PDF using the Adobe PDF print driver. I've used this countless of times, but this time, for some reason, the result is greyscale instead of full-color every time.

Here's the summary of output options, does anybody have a clue what I need to change to get full color again?
Print Preset: [Default]

Printer: Adobe PDF

PPD: Default (AdobePDF 8.0)



General

	Copies: 1

	Collate: Off

	Reverse Order: Off

	All Pages: On

	Skip Blank Pages: Off

	Paper Size: Custom

	Paper Width: 750 mm

	Paper Height: 600 mm

	Paper Orientation: Portrait

	Transverse: Off

	Print Layers: Visible & Printable Layers

	Do Not Scale Artwork: On



Setup

	Crop Input Artwork to: Artboard

	Position on Media: Page Tool

	Origin X: -2818,1926 pt

	Origin Y: -3348,4258 pt

	Tiling: Single Full Page



Marks and Bleed

	Trim Marks: Off

	Registration Marks: Off

	Color Bars: Off

	Page Information: Off

	Bleed Left: 0 pt

	Bleed Top: 0 pt

	Bleed Right: 0 pt

	Bleed Bottom: 0 pt

	Type: Roman

	Mark Weight: 0,25 pt

	Mark Offset: 6 pt



Output

	Mode: Composite

	Emulsion: Up (Right Reading)

	Image: Positive

	Convert All Spot to Process: Off

	Overprint Black: Off



Graphics

	Flatness: Automatic

	Font Download: Subset

	PostScript®: LanguageLevel 3

	Data Format: ASCII

	Compatible Gradient and Gradient Mesh Printing: Off



Color Management

	Source Space: Untagged CMYK

	Color Handling: Let Illustrator determine colors

	Profile: Dot Gain 10%

	Intent: Relative Colorimetric

	Preserve Uncalibrated Color Numbers: Off



Advanced

	Print As Bitmap: Off

	Overprint: Discard

	Flattener Preset: [Medium Resolution]

	Raster/Vector Balance: 75

	Line Art and Text Resolution: 300

	Gradient and Mesh Resolution: 150

	Convert All Text to Outlines: Off

	Convert All Strokes to Outlines: On

	Clip Complex Regions: On



Warning

	The document contains overprinting.

	The document contains out-of-gamut image objects.

	The document contains missing linked files.

	The Document Raster Effects resolution is 72 ppi or less.

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don't know, but could it be a color space thing? Do you have a plain ps driver mounted as well, to just try?

For me, if I have trouble with PDF production (or pdf file size) I often try other paths:

* file > print to ps > ghostscript to pdf
* file > print to ps > distiller to pdf
* file > print to microsoft mdi/xps > print to ps/pdf for further processing
* open pdf in illustrator > save to pdf (and/or try other printing options)

(then there are all the paths, of course, that involves rasterization, e.g. photoshop et al)
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Is the "Print color as black" box checked on the initial "Print" dialogue?
How about a driver update?



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I think it's color profile related. These maps are not produced by me, I strongly suspect they originally came out of Freehand and somehow picked up RGB color mode along the way. Another map (that I did produce from the ground up) works just fine, it's only happening with these particular files. No idea what's causing it though, I converted them to CMYK and assigned the same color profile as my reference document to it and still they're coming out b/w...

I'm going to get my crayons... :angry:
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