[R] R plots pdf() does not allow spotcolors?

baptiste auguie baptiste.auguie at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 13 21:42:51 CEST 2011


I may be wrong, but I have the impression that tikz (a LaTeX drawing
package) can handle spot colors (that's what Google seemed to tell me
[*]). If this is the case you could output R graphics using the
tikzDevice package, post-process the output (readable, plain text
file), and eventually have LaTeX produce the pdf image with spot

Worth a try, perhaps.


[*] http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Colors#In_TikZ

On 13 April 2011 21:15, Matthieu Stigler <matthieu.stigler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> We are about to publish a book, which contains figures made with R plots. An
> important detail that we did not take into account is that the book will not
> be printed in 4 colors (cmyk mode), but only 2 (black +"spotcolor"). The
> spotcolor we use is part of the big Pantone family.
> The problem is that both pdf() and postscript() offer either rgb or cmyk,
> but no spotcolors such as pantone. I'm afraid this constraint can't be
> solved at all, and we can't use R for creating these plots? I did not find
> any package that would extend the colormodel to include spot colors... Did
> anyone had a similar experience?
> Thanks!!
> Matthieu
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