I need to make a contour plot for publication, but even if I set ContourStyle->Black, the 'black' plots and the axes are very faint. When I export the figure in svg and open it in some image-processing software (inkscape), the colour shown for the selected plot is actually a 'gray' colour instead of 'black' in rgb scale.

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As shown in the figure, it is obvious the dashed line is a lot darker than the gridlines and tick markers. How to make the Gridlines, the tick markers and everything appear darker (not thicker, I am happy with the current thickness)?

  • $\begingroup$ What if you save the graphics as a pdf? $\endgroup$
    – anderstood
    Nov 5, 2016 at 18:32
  • $\begingroup$ Does ContourStyle -> Directive[Black, Opacity[1]] help? $\endgroup$
    – user484
    Nov 5, 2016 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ Setting the Opacity and GrayLevel does help. Thanks. But that only applies to the contour lines and still I don't know how I can make the tick markers (2, pi, pi/2, etc) darker $\endgroup$
    – Physicist
    Nov 5, 2016 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ ..., FrameStyle -> Black] should drive frame components, including tick marks, to Black. $\endgroup$
    – Marchi
    Nov 5, 2016 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ yeah FrameStyle->Black does make it work. thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Physicist
    Nov 6, 2016 at 13:08

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I'm not actually sure how to test your specific case, but this seems to work:

cp = ContourPlot[x^2 + y^2 == 2, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, 
 GridLines -> Automatic, GridLinesStyle -> Black, 
 PlotTheme -> "Monochrome"]

Mathematica graphics

List@InputForm@Cases[cp, _?ColorQ, Infinity]
  {{GrayLevel[0], GrayLevel[0], GrayLevel[0], 
    GrayLevel[0], GrayLevel[0], GrayLevel[0]}]}

Cases[cp, _Opacity, Infinity]
(*  {}  *)

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