I have a data here. I plotted this data by ListDensityPlot and exported to SVG (or PDF) file for editing in Illustrator using the following code.

data = Uncompress[FromCharacterCode[
plot = ListDensityPlot[data];

Here is a screenshot from Illustrator enter image description here

Why all these labels became a raster file? How do I keep it as a vector? Am I doing something wrong here? Any suggestions?

  • $\begingroup$ @Nasser, I meant to say the same thing happens with both format $\endgroup$
    – TM90
    Apr 28, 2017 at 7:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Nasser, How do you deal with these situations? $\endgroup$
    – TM90
    Apr 28, 2017 at 7:40
  • $\begingroup$ This behavior most probably is OS-dependent. What is your OS? $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2017 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ Does this happen only with ticks? Does this happen for ListPlot? Does this happen for exporting text as PDF? $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2017 at 15:08
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    – rhermans
    Jun 5, 2017 at 10:53

2 Answers 2


Data & Plot

data = ToExpression@Import["https://pastebin.com/raw/kEBf2TUM", "String"];

plot = ListDensityPlot[data];

Export with and without Rasterization

Export["location1.PDF", plot, "AllowRasterization" -> False]
(* "location1.PDF" *)

Mathematica graphics

Export["location2.PDF", plot, "AllowRasterization" -> True]
(* "location2.PDF" *)

Mathematica graphics


Result depends on the value of the "AllowRasterization" option, which by default us Automatic.

Mathematica graphics Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ Since we have suffered that third party sites(you know), I always avoid use those data in third party sites.So I have changed the original data.. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Jun 1, 2017 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ @yode, no need in this case, pastebin has this post with expiration set to "Never". $\endgroup$
    – rhermans
    Jun 1, 2017 at 18:15

Ran your code in Mathematica 11.1.1 on Windows 10. Exported a PDF as you showed.

Here is what I see in Adobe Acrobat PDF.

Here is what I see in PDF file

Here is what I see in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.1.0 .

Here is what I see in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.1.0

Do not see rasterizing problem.

Here is more zooming of lower right of plot.

enter image description here

Here I change the last frame tick label from 2.4 to 3.14 in Adobe Illustrator.

enter image description here

But I am not proficient with Adobe Illustrator.

  • $\begingroup$ I am currently using Mathematica 11.0, I will upgrade to 11.1.0 and check since 11.1.1 is not availble $\endgroup$
    – TM90
    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:54
  • $\begingroup$ It does not work in my case. Can you zoom the portion three times the size as of now or Can you please check whether you can edit the label or not in Adobe illsustrator $\endgroup$
    – TM90
    Apr 30, 2017 at 7:28
  • $\begingroup$ I've zoomed the plot in Adobe Illustrator and put the zoomed image at the end of my original post. I'm not very proficient with Illustrator. When you ask whether I can edit "the label", do you mean, for example, can I change the "2.4" label to something else, such as "3.3", within Illustrator? $\endgroup$
    – user15996
    Apr 30, 2017 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ I believe I was able to change the last label from 2.4 to 3.14 within Adobe Ilustrator. See repost of my original answer. Does this help? $\endgroup$
    – user15996
    Apr 30, 2017 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ I got your point.Could you also tell me the size of the pdf file, please? . How long did it take to export? $\endgroup$
    – TM90
    Apr 30, 2017 at 22:20

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